Marks & Spencer has blamed Brexit for the closure of 11 of its French stores.
The British isles retail giant is having difficulties to stock the merchants with refreshing and chilled solutions thanks to supply chain problems.
As a result, all 11 franchise merchants, operated in partnership with SFH, in France will shut “over the coming months”.
M&S mentioned source chain problems brought about by Brexit have built it “near impossible” to maintain standards and retain shelves total.
“M&S has a lengthy historical past of serving prospects in France and this is not a choice we or our spouse SFH have taken flippantly,” mentioned Paul Friston, M&S intercontinental director.
“However, as items stand now, the source chain complexities in put adhering to the UK’s exit from the European Union now make it around impossible for us to serve fresh and chilled solutions to prospects to the superior criteria they expect, ensuing in an ongoing effects to the functionality of our business.
“With no workable different for the Higher Street outlets, we have agreed with SFH to near all 11 franchised shops.”
M&S operates nine stores in French travel hubs and these will be unaffected.
In the assertion, the retail chain stated: “Today’s announcement is the most up-to-date transform to the structure of our European organizations pursuing the UK’s exit from the European Union.
“In April previously this 12 months, we announced the reconfiguration of our meals enterprise in Czech Republic, eliminating the sale of all clean and chilled solutions from shops, and alternatively doubling our ranges of frozen and ambient products and solutions.
“This eliminated the ongoing supply chain risks to our business and the knock-on influence on limiting availability for prospects in our suppliers.”
In a letter to suppliers before this thirty day period, M&S warned of a selection of issues for meals imports to the United kingdom when Brexit border policies alter.
The enterprise set out a assortment of issues, which include vital paperwork not staying translated into community languages, and some authorities who “do not show up to know what will be required”.
New paperwork and checks were set to be applied in Oct but it has now been noted that these alterations have been delayed till 2022.