Closure of the Alinéa store in Barentin, near Rouen: a “disgust” for the employees

The Alinea store in Barentin, near Rouen, specializing in furniture, closed its doors for good on Monday, September 14, 2020. More than 60 employees are made redundant.

The Alinéa de Barentin furniture brand closed its doors for good in September 2020. (©DR)

It’s over for the furniture brand Indentation at Barentin, near Rouen (Seine-Maritime). The Commercial court of Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône) rendered its decision on Monday, September 14, 2020, accepting the group’s partial takeover offer. Nine brand stores are kept out of 26 in France.

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13 years ago: store opening

The Alinea store in Barentin was placed in receivership on May 18, upon exiting confinement. This decision would have been motivated by the consequences of the Covid-19 health crisis, but not only for Dominique delannoy, central union delegate CFTC:

The company had been in difficulty for a few years … The Covid is a windfall effect, which has enabled management to justify the placement in receivership.

Negotiations around the PES [plan de sauvegarde de l’emploi, NDLR], was launched on July 9. But the employees were under the threat of an imminent closure of their site.

For Daniel Cascella, trade union representative of the CFTC in Barentin, the management would never have specified the specific difficulties encountered: “It has been a few years since this situation began, three or four years ago. Is it due to poor management? Or on the surface of the store, almost 8,900m²? The Mulliez family, Alinéa owner since 2017, has always denied wanting to escape its creditors and argues that without this takeover offer, the brand would disappear.

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Doors closed since Saturday

Following the decision of the Marseille commercial court, more than 60 employees, CDI and CDD included, are therefore made redundant at Barentin. Strong actions, including strike movements, had been organized by the unions, such as on July 30, when work had stopped for an hour. For the employees, it is a very big blow in this return, explains Daniel Cascella:

Many people are disappointed with this decision. We have women with children who find themselves unemployed. We feel disgust! Some have even been there since the store opened 13 years ago.

Still according to the CFTC union representative, each employee obtained compensation of € 1,500 gross per year of presence. The doors of the store have been permanently closed to customers since Saturday, July 12.

The Marseille Commercial Court, which validated the partial takeover offer of the Alinéa group by its shareholders, the Mulliez family, and one of the furniture stores of the Gifi group, plans to cut 992 jobs in France.

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