Menu
Business

Woolworths shuts the door on its Masters debacle

Woolworths has finalised its exit from its disastrous Masters hardware venture. Photo: News Corp
Woolworths has finalised its exit from its disastrous Masters hardware venture. Photo: News Corp

WOOLWORTHS has finalised its exit from its disastrous Masters hardware venture by completing the sale of its store sites.

The supermarket giant said it has completed the sale of Hydrox - the joint venture company it set up with US firm Lowe's to run Masters - to the privately owned Home Investment Consortium for a headline sale price of $525 million.

Home Consortium plans to convert the Masters stores into large format retail centres featuring outlets including Spotlight, Anaconda, Chemist Warehouse, JB Hi-Fi and The Good Guys.

Lowe's handed over its 33.3 per cent stake in Hydrox to Woolworths in August, in line with federal court proceedings, allowing the local retail giant to make the final step in selling the former Masters stores.

Woolworths previously said the capital losses associated with the sale of Hydrox were about $1.8 billion.

The sale to Home Consortium includes 40 Masters freehold trading sites, 21 Masters freehold development sites and 21 Masters leasehold sites.

Woolworths began Masters in 2009 as a competitor to Bunnings, operated by rival Wesfarmers, and announced its intention to close the business in January 2016.

Woolworths shares were weaker in morning trade but recovered to close four cents higher at $24.92.

Topics:  business editors picks masters woolworths

News Corp Australia


COMING: Signs up for spicy new restaurant

COMING: Signs up for spicy new restaurant

Smell the spices already? New Warwick restaurant soon to open.

WANTED: Warwick's most adorable dogs

SECOND CHANCE: Rescue dog Crunch was given a new lease on life by headspace Warwick manager Sophia McLucas, joining the team as a therapy dog for the centre's clients.

IT'S time to put your adorable pooch in the spotlight. Here's how...

Warwick man's amazing step-by-step comeback from cancer

TWO TIMES STRONG: Warwick resident John Ellis is a two-time participant in the WIRAC Cancer Survivor program, which helped him recover in more ways than one after he was diagnosed with one of the most vicious forms of cancer.

Warwick man's remarkable recovery from vicious cancer.

Local Partners