Paris mayor sues over forty dark stores – Retail Strategy > Retail

The Paris City Council, represented by Emmanuel Grégoire, first deputy responsible for Urbanism, Architecture, Greater Paris and relations with the arrondissements, organized this Wednesday, September 28, a press conference to take stock of the development of fast commerce in capital and the first administrative fines applied. youSince the beginning of 2021, there has been an impasse between the dark shops and the Parisian municipality and the presence of about 150 such stores in the capital. Fast commerce promises ultra-fast delivery (between 10 and 15 minutes) of food products and has warehouses (dark stores) located in the center of the city, which, according to the mayor of Paris, does not meet the urban planning plan in Lugar, coloca.

Suits Against Flink, Zapp and Go Puff, “Complicated Dialogue with Gorillas”

Of the 150 dark stores, “almost all of them were opened illegally”believes Emmanuel Grégoire. The City Hall initiated 47 procedures, 24 of which are still in progress. After finding a violation of the urban planning code, the court is called and can issue a financial sanction.

With nearly fifty procedures, several dark stores have already closed: four by the Zapp brand and another four belonging to Gopuff. Six other Gopuff dark stores are subject to infringement and their future depends on court rulings. Wednesday, September 28th, two pecuniary fines drawn up by the urban planning department were sent to Flink. They follow the offense reports dated March 15, 2022. Flink is implicated “for the failure to declare a change of destination, in the absence of administrative authorization on the change of destination of a commercial establishment in a warehouse”. A fine of 200 euros per day is requested upon receipt of the mail for each of these dark shops concerned. Since the amount of the fine is calculated according to the area of ​​the premises, it remains limited to 500 euros per day, with a maximum total of 25,000 euros. In addition to legal action, “discussions with Gorillas and Flink are very complicated”, regrets the deputy mayor.

If Paris had more than 100 dark shops a year ago, today there are only 80, estimates the city council..

“ONE twenty brands closed under the effects of the market (bankruptcy, acquisition), explains Emmanuel Grégoire. Others closed after the non-regulation of this type of activity by Bercy, discussed last August.

Dark stores, sources of nuisance for residents

From the municipality’s point of view, the dark shutters, whether or not they have a collection point, they are warehouses and cannot be installed in apartment buildings.

The Parisian Local Urban Plan (PLU) adds that a company, to be considered as such, must dedicate at least two thirds of its space in free access to customers.. Only the last third can be devoted to logistics. In fact, theThe activity of dark stores is often not in compliance with the Paris PLU. The municipality, therefore, does not consider them as companies, but as warehouses for urban logistics..

However, some dark stores installed do so legally and comply with the urban plan, with the change of destination having been made before the PLU (before 2006). However, they do not escape reprimands from local residents, lamenting the continuous flow of people and deliveries at very long hours. “We are being bullied by our fellow citizens who are embarrassed by the nuisances created by the dark shops.”explains the first deputy of the Paris City Council.

Divergent visions of commerce in the city

In addition, for the City of Paris, fast commerce would not always make it possible to combine the advantages of high-performance services with the preservation of the urban ecosystem. In addition, this practice can lead to the devitalization of cities. “This model does not correspond to the vision we have of the city: we want to preserve a dynamic, active center, with physical stores that promote social ties, highlights Emmanuel Grégoire. Cities are not meant to be filled with collection points, even though this practice may have virtues.

There are many spaces to do urban logistics in Paris”

Regarding dark stores that do not respect the PLU, the approach of French start-up La Belle Vie is well received by the deputy. Primeur, which is developing its biological range, knew “receive a hand extended by the city a year ago. The group decided to install its warehouses in facilities dedicated to this use. There are lots of spaces to do urban logistics in Paris, we have lots of basements available”, concludes Emmanuel Grégoire.

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