Which French M&S stores are to close - and which will stay open?

The high street chain announced yesterday that it would be closing the 11 shops that it operates with French partner SFH

17 September 2021

M&S will be closing 11 of its French stores, while nine – including this branch in Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport – will remain open. Pic: TK Kurikawa / Shutterstock

By Emma Morgan

Marks & Spencer announced yesterday (September 16) that it would be closing 11 of its French stores by the end of this year because of stock transportation delays caused by post-Brexit border controls. 

Read more: M&S to close 11 French stores, blaming post-Brexit customs checks

The closures concern the M&S Food shops that were run with French partner SFH Invest. 

The remaining nine stores, which are located in travel hubs such as airports and stations and run by M&S’ other partner Lagardère Travel Retail, will continue trading.

The stores set to close are all situated in Paris in the following locations: 

  • Grand Rex (75002)
  • Saint Michel (75005)
  • Saint Germain (75006)
  • Franklin Roosevelt (75008)
  • Saint Lazare (75008)
  • Grévin (75009)
  • Ledru Rollin (75011)
  • Avenue du Général Leclerc (75014)
  • Passy (75016)
  • Palais des Congrès (75017)
  • So Ouest shopping centre (Levallois-Perret, 92300)

Branches will remain open in: 

  • Roissy Pôle station (Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Terminal 3)
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Terminal 1 - although this store is temporarily closed
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Terminal 2E
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Terminal 2F
  • Paris Gare de l’Est
  • Paris Châtelet les Halles 
  • Place de la Gare, Lille 
  • La Défense RER station, Paris
  • Paris Montparnasse station

French border controls “draconian” 

M&S chairman Archie Norman recently stated that “draconian” French border controls made it very difficult for the retailer to maintain supply of fresh food – including sandwiches – in its shops. 

Mr Norman has previously said that M&S’s sandwiches were “very popular” in France, and were exported across the Channel every day after being produced in a huge factory in Northampton. 

They only stay fresh for about 48 hours, and so the introduction of post-Brexit customs checks means that up to one third are now reaching their best-before date before they arrive in France. 

The Connexion has approached M&S and Lagardère to ask why their sandwiches are still imported to France rather than being produced in the country. 

Lagardère said: "M&S offers exclusive recipes and works with long-standing suppliers. They’re not ready to share those recipes nor to change suppliers.

"Opening up to brand new suppliers in France would create great economic complexity: setting up a new supply chain requires great financial investments."

In an interview with the Financial Times in 2018, Mr Norman did consider setting up a French sandwich production site following Brexit, but questioned whether it would be economically viable.

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