On 11 December 2019, Harris Scarfe entered voluntary administration, with Deloitte Restructuring Services partners taking over management of the business. The retailer reported $380 million in annual sales earlier in the year. At the time, Harris Scarfe had 66 stores employing 1800 staff. In response, the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association labour union said that they would be filing a complaint with the Fair Work Commission because they were not informed in advance. Deloitte claims Harris Scarfe has "more than sufficient" assets to pay all staff entitlements. In January 2020, Harris Scarfe announced it would close 21 of its 65 stores, resulting in the loss of 440 jobs. 1380 staff would remain in the 44 stores still in operation. The closures consist of one in South Australia and in the Australian Capital Territory, two in Western Australia, three in Victoria, six in Queensland, and eight in New South Wales, all due to close within four weeks. As of the 2nd of February, 2020, 20 stores have closed, with the store in Earlville, Cairns, being spared from closure, leaving 45 stores, being 3 in Australian Capital Territory, 3 in Queensland, 5 in Tasmania, 5 in New South Wales, 8 in South Australia and 21 in Victoria.