Up to a third of Big W stores likely to close

Uncertainty surrounds the future of Big W stores across the country after a review into the discount department chain's performance was announced.

Competition from Target, Kmart and others in the discount department store space has contributed to Big W posting losses of more than $250 million over the past two years alone.

A report from Macquarie Wealth Management, released on Friday, predicted partial closure of the most unprofitable and shorter lease Big W stores.

It said it expected Woolworths to close up to a third of its 183 stores across Australia.

It has not yet been revealed which stores could be affected.

A spokesperson from the Woolworths Group, owner of Big W, said no conclusions have been drawn.

"The review is ongoing and no decisions about our network have been made.

"We will update our team members and the market once the review has been completed."

Big W opened on Boorowa Street in Young in October 2002.