Marks & Spencer has been compelled to shut 11 excessive avenue shops in France as provide chain complexities underneath new buying and selling guidelines have made it “close to not possible” to offer recent and chilled produce to their clients.
Marks & Spencer who operated the 11 shops with franchise companion SFH will likely be closed by the top of the 12 months.
Nonetheless, 9 different shops will stay open at airports railway and metro stations.
The retail large have experiences a collection of issues over new guidelines created after Brexit on exports of products from the UK to the EU over the “pointless and byzantine” manner by which the foundations are being enforced.
Marks & Spencer mentioned in an announcement, “The prolonged and sophisticated export processes now in place following the UK’s exit from the European Union are considerably constraining the provision of recent and chilled product from the UK into Europe.”
The retailer added, that is “persevering with to influence product availability for purchasers and the efficiency of our enterprise in France.
“Consequently, now we have reviewed how we commerce with our EU companies and companions, and at present now we have introduced that our partnership with SFH will finish ensuing within the closure of all 11 of their franchised shops.”
Paul Friston, managing director of the group’s worldwide division, mentioned, “M&S has an extended historical past of serving clients in France and this isn’t a call we or our companion SFH have taken calmly.
“Nonetheless, as issues stand at present, the provision chain complexities in place following the UK’s exit from the European Union, now make it close to not possible for us to serve recent and chilled merchandise to clients to the excessive requirements they count on, leading to an ongoing influence to the efficiency of our enterprise.
“With no workable different for the excessive avenue shops, now we have agreed with SFH to shut all 11 franchised shops.”