Christmas music taking part in within the aisles, the odor of scorching bread escaping from the bakery, the place prospects hurry, a number of hours earlier than Christmas Eve… There are nonetheless indicators of life on the Bienvenu procuring middle in Villetaneuse . However the look rapidly stumbles on an limitless wall of lowered curtains. “It's scary,” slips a consumer. Since mid-October, the shopping center has been disadvantaged of its “locomotive”: the Auchan hypermarket has closed.
Since then, the state of affairs appears to be getting slowed down. Auchan introduced final July that the store would be taken over by the Lidl brand. To dismiss the German discounter, the owner of the center, Spacia, exercised his right of first refusal. However his discussions with the vendor hardly progress. The transaction was to be signed on Friday December 20. It didn’t happen: “Spacia and Auchan didn’t discover an settlement with the notary,” confirms a spokesperson for the Auchan group, with out specifying the explanations for this blockage. As for Spacia, we refuse to talk on the topic.
“Two hours with out seeing anybody”
Within the meantime, the retailers within the gallery are struggling. This Tuesday morning, a part of the forty or so shops had their curtains down. Because the closure of the hypermarket, households who got here to fill their trolleys on the grocery store have abandoned. “There are nonetheless loyal prospects, however I typically keep two hours with out seeing anybody. The times are actually lengthy, ”says a saleswoman of ready-to-wear and leather-based items. Not too long ago, furthermore, her boss requested her to remain at house yet another day every week. “A number of merchants resort to short-time working,” says Kamel Zerrouk, the pharmacist.
Marie-Josée, resident of Epinay, comes out of the laundry, arms loaded. “Earlier than I got here each week. I had my bearings, the Auchan cabinets, I knew them by coronary heart! », She exclaims, with a broad smile. Any more, it comes “in dotted strains”. To fill her fridge, she goes to the Auchan grocery store in Epinay, which is “much less sensible”. “It's annoying for everybody, particularly the aged who got here right here on foot, to have their espresso and to do their procuring. The place are they going now? Asks Nedra, who’s cleansing up one of many retailers.
“The principle factor is that there’s a purchaser, capable of make us work, as a lot as earlier than. Spacia and the city corridor are doing what they’ll, ”says florist Pamela, additionally supervisor of a ready-to-wear boutique and… elected metropolis official. “Flowers undergo lower than clothes,” she says. And the cemetery just isn’t far. However the turnover of his clothes retailer plunged “by 30 or 40%”. Final October, the PCF mayor of Villetaneuse Carinne Juste appealed to the prefect of Seine-Saint-Denis, to maneuver the file ahead.
This was one of many situations of the settlement concluded this summer season between Auchan and Lidl. The German discounter, by buying the Villetaneuse retailer, was additionally to take over one in 4 staff, or 55 out of a complete workforce of 198 folks.
This situation has simply jumped. This Tuesday, December 24, native administration of Auchan obtained the workers involved in Epinay. They’re now 46, some having already left their posts. It affords them, if they want, to cling to the job safety plan which accompanies the sale of 21 shops in France. “They applauded once they heard this. It’s an actual reduction for them, they’ll be capable of have a superb household vacation, ”says Ludovic Vinchon, Labor Drive delegate.
Initially, every worker will obtain a switch proposal inside the group; he can apply for internally out there jobs himself. Then, those that haven’t discovered a spot might be dismissed, typically benefiting from reclassification depart. Among the many 143 staff of the hypermarket who weren’t involved by the takeover of the shop, round sixty have already been reclassified in different shops of the group.