British Marks & Spencer May Close French Stores

British department store chain Marks & Spencer may be scaling back its French operations.

 

The company is facing supply problems due to European border controls, the British newspaper Daily Mail reported without stating where it got the information.

The British retailer is expected to close a number of stores. Marks & Spencer may also stop selling some of its popular products in France. According to the newspaper, more will be known about this in a few weeks.

It is not clear how many of the 20 stores in total will close. The final decision on this also depends on the efforts of two French franchise partners. The company declined to comment on the store closures to the newspaper. “We operate a franchise business in France and are reviewing the model with our two partners,” a spokesperson said earlier.

Marks & Spencer was previously also active in the Netherlands. However, at the end of 2017, the last two stores of the chain disappeared here, in Amsterdam and The Hague. The closure was part of a broader strategic review that closed a large proportion of the stores on the European mainland.

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