In order to be able to reopen as quickly as possible, the traders decided to put pressure on the government. The main trade federations and some 150 owners, franchisees and affiliates of retail networks have signed a “plea for an imperative reopening of all shops no later than May 10”. The month of May is according to them “capital in terms of activity” for the 150,000 stores closed since April 3.
Signed by 12 federations including those of franchising, jewelry, furniture, women’s ready-to-wear, footwear and even city-center commerce, but also retailers (Beauty Success, Brand Sisters, Burton, But, Casa, Celio…), this column is published by The Parisian this Thursday. It asks the government to act as of now on this date for all points of sale, whatever their size and location.
This situation can not continue “
“We are taking (…) our part in the collective effort to fight against Covid but this situation of closure cannot last any longer. It seriously endangers our businesses and worries our 800,000 employees, ”say the signatories, also pointing to the consequences for the entire ecosystem (suppliers, franchisees, brands, lessors, etc.) and cities that suffer from a commercial vacancy. “After losing more than 20% of turnover on average in 2020, we have still lost more than 30% of activity since the beginning of the year and each week of closure impoverishes and weakens our networks”.
This drop in activity is reflected in “significant cash flow problems, at a growing level of unsold stock, the cancellation of our investments, the increase in the indebtedness of our companies due to the EMPs … as many impacts that worsen the risk of destruction of stores and jobs ”, detail the traders.
The commercial importance of Mother’s Day
According to Emmanuel Le Roch, general delegate of Procos, federation representing specialized trade, “the aid has been better sized for small traders, and that’s a good thing, but we overestimate the strength of the networks which have 200 or 300 stores: it is in fact a set of small farms, and as the aid cannot compensate for such long periods of closure, it is absolutely necessary to reopen ”. “May is more important than March or April: we must not reopen too late, for textile players or those who depend on sales generated by Mother’s Day,” he explains.
The government is due to hold a press conference this Thursday at 6 p.m. If the main subject should be the health protocol for back to school, that of shops could also be mentioned.