Shoppers walk past a Truworths shop with advertisements on its windows at the Sandton shopping mall in Johannesburg, file. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo
The launch of Primark suggests that Truworths – which also owns Identity, YDE, Uzzi and Earthchild – hopes to tap into the growth opportunities present in the budget clothing market focused on lower-income consumers.
Subdued economic growth and the financial impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on consumers are driving a retail preference for value purchases over premium goods. Nedbank’s Tasmika Ramlakan stated that this has been especially evident in the clothing category, where value players such as Mr Price and Pepkor have generally performed better than their mid-market and premium competitors.
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In its interim results report, Truworths said that the new Primark brand will offer “good quality at great value and highly competitive prices yet reasonable margins”, and will be strategically aligned with “suppliers that can react and respond with short lead times”. The merchandise mix will focus on carrying a wide range of volume basic and coordinated fashion items that are seasonally appropriate, and available in multiple colourways.
In terms of brand positioning, Truworths said that Primark will be a youthful, fashionable, commercial and aspirational value-brand, with an energetic and vibrant store experience to reflect these qualities. The company added that Primark will depict “a strong sense of current social values”, including local production, sustainability, recycling, charity and community involvement.