It was an especially rough year for Malta-based Dorkins Ltd. Aside from the obvious challenges of the pandemic, which (perhaps irreversibly) altered consumer spending habits, it abruptly saw the collapse of one of its most popular groups of brands – Arcadia – which included Topshop, Burton and Wallis among others.
The closure came abruptly, according to Dorkins Ltd Operations Manager Michael Pace, who turned to social media to reflect: “After working with Arcadia Group for 23 years, Dorkins Ltd received a one-pager stating that all Arcadia stores have to be closed immediately”.
Despite the hit, the company’s resurgence was quick. “Within the space of four months Dorkins Ltd opened five new stores in Sliema”, he explains.
As if this wasn’t impressive enough, the Group was able to resist the challenges of the brand change and the pandemic “without having to lose any members of staff”, according to Mr Pace.
Celebrating the opening of the new stores, the manager, who was appointed between the first and second wave of COVID, in October, said: “As a group, we are excited for what’s next and super excited for the future!”.
Finally, he gave credit to the company’s ”brilliant” staff, saying “this wouldn’t have been possible” without them.