Vodafone Australia will be shutting down or rebranding some Crazy John’s stores as it plans to operate under a single retail Vodafone brand. The changes will take effect from February 20.
In a statement, Vodafone said it was prioritising its spend to improve its network and had to make some tough decisions.
"We are continuing to focus our investments on our network to provide customers with better mobile coverage and fewer dropped calls," the spokesperson said.
Crazy John’s has about 61 outlets across the country and customers will continue to be supported through the Vodafone outlets. According to the retailer's website, it currently employs about 400 staff.
“During this transition period we are committed to ensuring a smooth transition for our customers and will do our best to redeploy as many Crazy John’s retail employees as possible to work in one of our many Vodafone stores,” the spokesperson said.
“It wasn’t an easy decision to make but it is necessary to remain competitive and to ensure we focus our investment where our customers and people will benefit most.”
The telco purchased a majority stake in Crazy John’s in 2008 from the wife of the company’s late founder, John Ilhan. He first established the retail franchise in 1991 under the name Mobileworld.