Marks & Spencer closes 11 stores in France due to Brexit – .

Marks & Spencer closes 11 stores in France due to Brexit – .

Marks & Spencer blamed Brexit for closing eleven French stores over supply chain issues.
The British retail giant is struggling to supply its stores with fresh and chilled products.

The eleven franchised stores, operated in partnership with SFH, in France will close “in the coming months”.

Marks & Spencer said supply chain problems caused by Brexit have made it “nearly impossible” to maintain standards and stock shelves.

“M&S has a long history of serving clients in France and this is not a decision that we or our partner SFH have taken lightly,” said Paul Friston, Managing Director of M&S International.

“However, as it stands, the complexities of the supply chain in place after the UK’s exit from the European Union now make it almost impossible for us to serve fresh and chilled products to customers as required. high standards they expect, which has an ongoing impact on the performance of our business.

“In the absence of a viable alternative for the High Street stores, we have agreed with SFH to close the 11 franchise stores. “

M&S operates nine stores in French travel centers and these will not be affected.

In the statement, Mr Friston continued: “Today’s announcement is the latest change in the structure of our European businesses following the UK’s exit from the European Union.

“In April of this year, we announced the reconfiguration of our food business in the Czech Republic, removing the sale of all fresh and chilled products from stores, and instead doubling our frozen and ambient product lines.

“It removed the supply chain risk to our business and the knock-on impact on limiting availability to customers in our stores. “

In a letter to suppliers earlier this month, Marks & Spencer warned of a series of problems for food imports into the UK when Brexit rules change.

New documents and controls were due to be implemented in October, but it has now been reported that these changes have been delayed until 2022.

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