(ANSA) – LONDON, SEPTEMBER 16 – Marks & Spencer, a well-known British chain of large-scale distribution, today announced the closure of 11 supermarkets in France, about half of the total of its network in that country, justifying the decision with the hitches caused by European implementation of post-Brexit controls on food products exported from the UK to the continent. The initiative will inevitably have repercussions on the employment of part of the personnel employed on French soil.
“The length and complexity of the procedures put in place (by French customs) following the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU – reads a note from M&S – have significantly limited the supply of fresh and preserved products from the United Kingdom to the ‘Europe (continental) and continue to have an impact on the availability of these products to our consumers in France and on the conduct of our business in the country. ” Hence the decision to close most of the stores, mainly concentrated in the center of Paris, “by the end of this year”; while negotiations are still underway with the local partner Lagardere Travel Retail to keep those located in airports and railway stations open.
The announcement comes against the background of a situation in which even in the United Kingdom there are problems in supplies to various British supermarkets, in this case of products that in the opposite direction the island imports from EU countries: problems related to both post-Brexit rules and the shortage of drivers in the freight transport sector on which – beyond the post-Brexit – the repercussions of the pandemic from Covid are impacting.
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