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4 week shutdown for Just Cuts

27 Mar 2020
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27 March 2020

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4 week shutdown for Just Cuts

The largest hairdressing chain in the Southern Hemisphere, Just Cuts, has taken the decision to shut down for at least the next 4 weeks, given the physical risk and mental toll on hairdressers and clients.

Just Cuts CEO and Founder Denis McFadden said with client numbers dwindling to nothing, and with stylists and clients increasingly at risk given the impossibility of maintaining the recommended 4sqm distance, the network could wait no longer for the National Cabinet to do the right thing.

  • National Cabinet had agreed “that the instruction regarding 30 minutes per patron would be lifted but that the 4sqm per person must be strictly observed within the premises and that personal contact during the patron’s visit should be minimised wherever possible.”
  • There are 2500 fully qualified stylists in the Just Cuts Australian network, predominantly in shopping centres, and 3500 globally. Just Cuts has 190 salons across all states and territories of Australia, 28 salons in NZ and 6 in the UK. The UK Government moved on 22 March to close salons with NZ following on 23 March. Hairdressing in Australia continues to be excluded from the list of non-essential services that needed to close and which included beauty salons.

Quotes attributable to Just Cuts Founder and CEO Denis McFadden

We had hoped that common sense would finally kick in and the State, Federal and Territory Governments would act on the medical advice that safe distancing is critical. National Cabinet has today failed to act on our pleas to add hairdressing to the list of non-essential services.

This is despite calls from medical experts including the Australian Medical Association for more and stronger self-distancing measures. This is despite the acknowledgement from Deputy Chief Medicial Officer Dr Paul Kelly  that “for hairdressing it’s impossible to take those social distancing rules.”

Our stylists are scared. Our customers are scared. How can we ask them to continue when everything and all the medical experts says the risks are too high? So, we have today taken the decision to shut our doors for at least the next 4 weeks and are recommending to our independently owned and operated franchiees that they do the same. Our two company owned salons in Western Australia will close as of 5pm, Saturday 28 March 2020 and we anticipate that our franchisees will shut down within a similar timeframe. Please note, this is a temporary closure.

We had hoped National Cabinet would understand the difficulties their failure to change position leaves our franchise salon owners and their teams in. We are extremely disappointed that our calls for action fell on deaf ears. We aren’t prepared to put the lives of our people or our clients on the line anymore. Livelihoods are still at stake.

Can I also thank every single person who has been in contact to support our stance – your comments have been so very appreciated.

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LJ Loch

0488 038 555 or ljloch@alphaconsulting.global

More about Just Cuts

Just Cuts is an Australian hairdressing franchise that bridges the gap between a barber and a high end hair salon. With salons in every state of Australia, on both the North and South islands New Zealand and the United Kingdom, it is the largest hairdressing company in the Southern Hemisphere. Based on a fixed price, no appointment system, Just Cuts offers clients affordable haircuts from fully qualified hairdressers and performs over 100,000 Style Cut cuts per week across Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Celebrating 30 years in 2020, Just Cuts was the brainchild of Denis McFadden, who turned a simple idea into a business concept that would change the hairdressing industry forever. McFadden ran his first ever “no appointment, $6 Style Cut” promotion at his humble Sydney salon, receiving an outstanding response from clients. It was on this basic fixed price initiative that the idea of Just Cuts was born. The following year, the inaugural Just Cuts salon opened its door to the public. And in 1990, the first Just Cuts franchise opened in the suburb of Engadine, in the south of Sydney, New South Wales. Our brand has continued to expand ever since, with over 220 locations across Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

In 2013, Just Cuts launched JUSTICE Professional – a range of salon quality haircare and styling products available exclusively in all our salons at a competitive, affordable price. The JUSTICE Professional line has something for everyone, including everyday shampoos and conditioners, anti-dandruff and dry scalp treatments, toning products, nourishing leave-in treatments and a range of hair styling waxes and sprays.

 

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