Malaysian supermarket chain Segi Value Holdings has announced plans to hire employees affected by the closure of five Giant hypermarket stores.
In a statement to Human Resources, GCH Retail (Malaysia), the owner of Giant, Cold Storage and more retail brands, has said that the decision to close its stores in Sri Manjung, Sungai Petani, Shah Alam City Centre (SACC) Mall, Sibu and Selayang Lama was made after it had “reviewed its operations and in order to improve efficiencies and productivity.”
The five Giant supermarkets ceased operations on 5 November.
Speaking to Human Resources about the plans to take on affected Giant staff, senior general manager of Segi Value Holdings, Fong Leong explained: “Seeking and developing talent has always been a priority for our group, aligning with our corporate business philosophy to co-exist together with the community and be able to serve them in many ways...when we heard about the news, we believed we were able to help the employers who were affected.”
“We will definitely be able to offer long-term employment and a rewarding career in Segi Group. For those without or with little experience, we are able to provide our talent development programmes designed specially for this group,” he added.
He also stated that Segi's aggressive expansion plan for the next three years calls for a large amount of new talent, particularly those who can be developed to lead the business. According to him, Segi Group would benefit massively from recruiting former Giant staff as they already have the necessary experience, skills and knowledge to help the business grow.
“...developing, providing and nurturing people is an important element in Segi Group, and ‘making people before business’ is the order of the day,” he concluded.