Matalan’s chief executive Jason Hargreaves is stepping down from the fashion and homewares retailer after a seven-year tenure at the helm.

Jason Hargreaves, son of Matalan founder and owner John Hargreaves, “will remain with the business in a new capacity, from which he will continue to provide strategic counsel to the board”, the retailer said.

Matalan’s recently appointed chair Steve Johnson, whose appointment was unveiled in June, will step into the role of executive chair succeeding Hargreaves.

Johnson will work alongside the existing leadership team to oversee the day-to-day running of Matalan alongside chief commercial officer and former Sainsbury’s executive James Brown.

Hargreaves said: “After seven years at the helm, now is the right time for me to step down as the CEO into my new role. Providing our customers with the best value product on fashion and home is our heartland, and re-establishing this under my leadership has been a huge achievement. 

“The board under Steve’s leadership are now set up to continue this journey, and the recent addition of James Brown as our new chief commercial officer will provide the leadership on the trading floor to ensure we continue to grow from the strong base we have today.”

Johnson added: “We would like to sincerely thank Jason for his leadership during his time as our CEO. Since joining, I have been impressed by the culture that Jason has created, and we are delighted that he will continue to provide strategic counsel to us.

“His extensive knowledge, business relationships and experience will help to ensure the core family values remain embedded in the business. Over the past few years, Jason and the team have been successfully evolving the business and, despite the market challenges we are currently facing, we look to the future with confidence.”

Matalan posted a 21.5% fall in its full-year EBITDA to £80.3m in June, as sale rose 2.3% to £1.1bn.