Administrators take over Hennings Jewellers

Familiar sight: There are four Hennings Jewellers stores in the Macarthur region. One has closed but the others remain open.
Familiar sight: There are four Hennings Jewellers stores in the Macarthur region. One has closed but the others remain open.

One of Macarthur’s most recognisable businesses has entered voluntary administration.

Administrators were appointed to Hennings Jewellers at the end of June.

The jewellery chain has been a part of the Macarthur community for almost 90 years and had four stores in the region: Argyle Street Camden, Macarthur Square, Narellan Town Centre and Oran Park Podium.

The Macarthur Square store has already closed its doors, however the other three stores are still trading.

Hennings was still offering lay-buy options as recently as Monday.

The business has been owned and managed by Craig Moore since 2010.

The Advertiser attempted to speak with Mr Moore numerous times in the past week, but our messages were not returned. The Advertiser also contacted the administrators – Pitch Partners – but did not receive a response.

A long-term Hennings staff member – who asked to remain anonymous – said all staff were owed superannuation and some were owed salary sacrifice payments.

She said most staff had not received any superannuation payments for up to two years.

Owner: Craig Moore has managed Hennings since 2010. He did not respond to the Advertiser's request for comment.

Owner: Craig Moore has managed Hennings since 2010. He did not respond to the Advertiser's request for comment.

She expressed frustration that staff had not been properly informed about the voluntary administration process or their missing payments.

“There has never been a staff meeting or real conversation about this,” she said.

“All we have is the information the administrators have provided us. Craig told us to keep information about the voluntary administration close to our chests.”

The staffer said workers were anxiously chasing their missing superannuation.

“There are a lot of good people who don’t know what is going to happen,” she said.

The Advertiser understands about 20 people work at the Hennings stores.

Glamorous: The chain frequently donated diamond prizes to support the Macarthur CF Swim event.

Glamorous: The chain frequently donated diamond prizes to support the Macarthur CF Swim event.

A former staff member who also wishes to remain anonymous said she was furious with the way the pay situation had been handled.

“I saw that my super wasn't going up and after I found out from some of the other girls that their super hadn't been paid either, I asked Craig what was going on,” she said. “I discovered that not only had my super not been paid, but also my salary sacrifice hadn't been paid.

“The Australia Tax Office told me there was nothing they could do about my salary sacrifice, but they were looking into the unpaid super for everyone.

“I'm very angry not just for me but for all the staff.”

The former staff member said Mr Moore had eventually paid back her salary sacrifice, but she was still waiting on her super payment.

The next creditors meeting will be held on August 1. Contact the administrators to find out more information: 9228 2422.

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