Shuki Zikri 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy of Shuki Zikri)
Shuki Zikri has shut down his business and fled Israel after black market
criminals, to whom Zikri owes more than NIS 10 million, threatened his life,
Yediot Aharonot reported.
On Wednesday, Shuki Zikri announced that he is
closing his nationwide hair-design chain due to debts. Yediot Aharonot reported
that although Zikri was sick at the beginning of the week, he went to work
Two days later, though, he did not arrive at his
Employees were sure that Zikri failed to appear due to his
illness. However, when his sister, who is the reception manager, also failed to
appear, questions began being asked.
“We were in shock,” employees told
the newspaper when they were informed that Zikri would not be
“We were completely surprised. We have a feeling that he also
didn’t have any idea this was going to happen to him. He has been in a great
mood and has not displayed any signs of distress.”
employees claim that Zikri was in over head, and this was why he got into
trouble. He recently launched a luxury boutique salon in Tel Aviv.
needs this grand palace?” one of his employees asked. “We were a small and
cohesive family and now everything has been ruined.”
One of the chain’s
hair stylists said, “Shuki made the salary of a plastic surgeon. Why did
he need to get into all of this mess?” Earlier this week, Zikri released a
statement relating to the shutdown due to “financial
“After more than 20 years of thriving and breakthrough
business in hair design in Israel and internationally, where we led in every
field and channel, we created trends and set standards both in terms of size of
the chain, the haircut, schools, products, displays in Israel and around the
world, the language of design, the collection, and at the level of profession
and service. We are forced to announce with great sadness the cessation of
operations by the Shuki Zikri chain, due to financial difficulties,” said the
Zikri revoked professional responsibility, both directly and
indirectly, for all activities of the business as well as its brand, which he
had built over the years.
Shuki Zikri founded the chain in 1985, and it
currently includes salons and hair-design schools as well as cosmetics and
manicure and pedicure departments.