Nearly 400 non-food shopping centers of more than 20,000 square meters have been closed since Sunday, January 31, following a decision by Jean Castex to avoid ” population mixing “.
Rather than a re-containment feared by many companies, the Prime Minister announced Friday, January 29 that the government wanted to give itself ” a chance »Not to put France under a cover. And thus, to avoid a new economic catastrophe. Nevertheless, Jean Castex demanded the closure of non-food shopping centers of more than 20,000 square meters from Sunday, January 31. This concerns 396 centers in France, which has 835 shopping malls in all areas. The National Council of Shopping Centers (CNCC) deplored that on half of these galleries which have a surface greater than 20,000 square meters, none has been recognized as having constituted a “cluster” since the start of the health crisis.
No cluster in these large shopping centers
Several large centers have therefore had to close their doors, such as the BHV and Galeries Lafayette in Paris, the Confluence and Part-Dieu centers in Lyon, or even Le Grand Littoral in Marseille. The Ministry of the Economy has clarified a few points, in particular concerning shopping centers belonging to a single brand (as is the case for Ikea): those whose surface exceeds the threshold must close. The food stores and pharmacies present in these centers may remain open, but their surface area will be taken into account in the overall calculation: ” The 20,000 square meters are calculated by adding all the surface areas of shops, food or not. “.
Insufficient aid measures
Jean Castex indicated that for the centers not exceeding the limit area, the ” gauges will be strengthened “. And that for the companies affected by this closure, state aid is still in effect: partial unemployment for employees, access to the solidarity fund, cancellation of employer contributions. The federation of specialized trade Procos all the same explained that these devices would not be enough, they do not make it possible to respond to the problems of the companies affected by the closure. The Procos claims, among other things, cancellation of rents as well as the assumption of fixed costs.