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Australian pureplay online retailer, Kogan.com, announced it is set purchase of the Dick Smith online retail business, in order to continue the legacy of the Dick Smith brand and run the businesses as an online-only consumer electronics retailer in Australia and New Zealand.
“Dick Smith is an iconic Australian brand and we’re thrilled to be able to keep it alive, as well as Aussie owned and run," said Kogan.com founder and CEO, Rusian Kogan. “We will invest in building and nurturing the Dick Smith community, and honour the great legacy of this Australian business.
James Stewart, who is the receiver of Dick Smith Electronics Pty Ltd (receivers, managers and administrators appointed), DSE (NZ) Limited (receivers, managers and administrators appointed) and its subsidiaries or related entities, said he was pleased with the outcome.
"After a thorough process with multiple bidding parties we are pleased that Kogan.com is the successful acquirer of the Dick Smith online business," he added. “As Australia’s largest pureplay online retail website, Kogan.com is a natural and logical owner of the Dick Smith online business and we are particularly pleased that the Dick Smith brand will continue under its stewardship.”
There will be a transition period during the closure of the Dick Smith bricks and mortar store network. Meanwhile Kogan.com will operate the online business from 1 June 2016.
Customer information currently held by Dick Smith will be handled in accordance with the requirements of Australian and New Zealand privacy law during the change of ownership.