Well-known Shoe chain must suddenly close branches - politicians rages: No understanding | the economy

all of a Sudden comes for the running Shoe chain "Runners Point" the. The stores will soon close. From the policy, it hails criticism of the decision. For mo

Well-known Shoe chain must suddenly close branches - politicians rages: No understanding | the economy

all of a Sudden comes for the running Shoe chain "Runners Point" the. The stores will soon close. From the policy, it hails criticism of the decision.

For more than 35 years, Runners sold the "Point" running shoes and sports clothing. Now all the stores in Germany, Austria and Switzerland will be closed at the behest of the parent company Foot Locker. The works councils set their hope in a lawyer. Anyway, the world economy is in turmoil: the UN and the EU Commission described the Corona-follow last in drastic words.

Munich - For many sports enthusiasts is "Runners Point" the first point of contact. The company offers running shoes, and functional clothing for various world brands, among more than keeps the 80 branches all over Germany as well as in Austria and Switzerland . However, all of these stores are soon to close - forever. The U.S. group announced a "Foot Locker" , which founded in 1984, the running Shoe chain for seven years, officially.

From the closures should have at least 700 employees will be affected . This number is a lawyer Jürgen Graser, representing in Recklinghausen two "Runners Point"works councils and called. According to the "WDR"-information should be negotiated with the management of the company on a "the possible continuation of the business operations" . The hope could be the Corona, the aid package* to be the Federal government.

"Runners Point" includes: "Behind the fates of the families"

stand In the city in the Ruhr area, the Headquarters sits with 170 employees. "This is for our city, unfortunately, is a real slap in the counting house ", - quotes The West of reckling Hausen's mayor Christoph Tesche: "Behind the destinies of families . Such messages are always bitter, in the Corona-crisis* but only right at the wrong time.“ The CDU politician called for "a strategic decision by the company Foot Locker (...) not understanding ". The Portal, according to 1500 people fear, even to their Jobs.

A date for the closures is not yet known. Lawyer Graser said, however: "We expect with regard to the Stores, the activity is set as soon as possible will." The background of this decision lie in the dark, "Foot Locker" spoke only of a previous " evaluation of our business and the competitive landscape in Germany over the period of the past twelve months".

+ for all the branches: "Runners Point" closes its doors.©dpa / Axel Heimken

"Runners Point": the employees only a few days earlier

Accordingly, the employees were informed last Friday about the step. More informed "Foot Locker": "it is Now in the dialogue with the social partners about a balance of interests." Until an agreement is reached, the branches would remain open.

Of the closures, not the brands are affected, according to the company, "Foot Locker" and "Sidestep" . The latter would in the future be of the Foot-Locker-Europe-Headquarters in the Netherlands directed. In the 77 "Sidestep"-stores in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands will be offered in addition to shoes, clothes and so on.

a Department store giant to disappear from many German cities - will be saved, among other things, to travel agencies. In the Corona-crisis, the Bayern LB reported a loss in the three-digit million range and slipped in the Red.

hit Hard by the Corona, with the crisis in the automotive industry VW production, therefore, once again, down. Because of the Oil price fall also Shell slid into the Red Numbers - add to this a bearing problem.

For powerful vortex provides an advertising spot, the VW spread in the Internet in the result, there is a barrage of racism allegations.

*merkur.de is part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editors network.

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Updated Date: 22 May 2020, 05:34

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