Ballarat could soon be without Big W if a review finds the poor performing retail chain would be better off shutting up shop in the city.
Competition from Target, Kmart and others in the discount department store space has contributed to Big W posting losses of more than $250 million over the past two years alone.
A report from Macquarie Wealth Management, released on Friday, predicted partial closure of the most unprofitable and shorter lease Big W stores.
We will update our team members and the market once the review has been completed.Woolworths Group
It said it expected Woolworths to close up to a third of its 183 stores across Australia.
It has not yet been revealed which stories could be affected.
Woolworths Group, the parent company that owns Big W, have confirmed a national review of the Big W store and distribution centre network is under way.
"The review is ongoing and no decisions about our network have been made," the company said in a statement.
"We will update our team members and the market once the review has been completed."
Big W opened in Curtis Street in Ballarat in October, 2001.
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