Large retailers oppose the closure of “non-food” departments

No question of giving in in the name of "fairness".The Federation of Large-scale Distribution announced this Sunday, November 1 of its "total incomprehension" and its "opposition" to a closure of its "non-food" departments, considered by the government to appease small traders.

In the name of "fairness" and health security, the government could indeed decide on Sunday to close the "non-essential" shelves of supermarkets, from culture to toys through household appliances, rather than allow small businesses to reopen as requested by entrepreneurs and elected officials.

The government could close "shelves of products that are not essential" in supermarkets in order to "restore fairness" with local shops, said Sunday the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire.

According to the Federation of Commerce and Distribution (FCD), such a measure "lack of justification in terms of health", "would complicate the life of the French", would be "technically very difficult to implement in many stores", " would result in the partial unemployment of several tens of thousands of employees, without any real justification ", and" would create a total distortion of competition with Amazon, to the detriment once again of physical commerce ".

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Result ? Auchan, Intermarché, Netto, Leclerc, Carrefour, Lidl or even Système U ask the government to "favor a gradual reopening of small shops, by appointment, accompanied by increased control measures for current gauges in stores".

Posted Date: 2020-11-17

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