After its placement in receivership, the company will leave the France that its managers consider "too restrictive" administratively. The express delivery platform for home shopping Getir announced Wednesday that it was leaving the French market and looking for a buyer of "all or part of the group in France", in a statement sent to AFP.
"The complex legal environment and the regulations imposed by local administrations have made the success of the company very difficult," justified the French subsidiary of the Turkish giant, which had established itself on the national territory in 2021. The same argument had been put forward in early June by its competitor Flink, which had announced to throw in the towel in France for the same reasons.
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The "quick commerce", which offers in a few minutes the delivery of everyday products by a delivery man by bike or electric scooter, was the catalyst for strong criticism from residents and elected officials, who denounced pell-mell nuisances, arrival of "warehouse cities" or even development of an "economy of laziness".
In March, the government inflicted a final slap in the face, decreeing that "dark stores" - the downtown premises where products for delivery are stored - were warehouses, not shops, paving the way for city halls to regulate this activity. These premises could be forced to close if the Local Urban Plan (PLU) prohibits this type of activity at their address.
The 1800 employees in uncertainty
After being placed in receivership at the end of March, just like the other two companies it owns (Gorillas and Frichti), Getir announced in May that it was considering the elimination of 900 jobs on the national territory, on the three entities. On Wednesday, the group said that it "will not finance a continuation plan to continue its activities in France", leaving in uncertainty the approximately 1800 employees on permanent and fixed-term contracts (according to the CFDT, the Getir group refusing to communicate figures).
"The judicial administrators in charge of the Group's receivership will open the possibility to third-party buyers to propose plans for the sale of all or part of the Group in France," he said.
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Despite a combined turnover of the three brands (Getir, Gorillas and Frichti) of around 120 million euros in 2022, and in clear growth in recent years, the group totaled 200 million euros of debt on the three entities at the end of March 2023, according to an internal note to the company that AFP consulted.
The announcement of France's departure is "brutal and disrespectful for these employees who have nourished so much hope in the possibility of the future of the company," regretted Johann Tchissambou, union delegate CFDT, in a statement sent to AFP. The trade unionist demanded that the payment of wages be guaranteed until September.