In this forthcoming decree, “dark shops are considered from the point of view of the additional purpose as warehouses, regardless of whether there is a pick-up point or not,” said Delegate Minister for Commerce Olivia Gregoire at the end of a meeting with relevant elected officials in Paris. . Having become warehouses rather than shops, these places may be forced to close if the local urban plan (PIU) prohibits this type of activity at their address. As for the other activity, “dark kitchens” that prepare food that will then be delivered to the home, “the creation of a new specific category has been agreed with elected officials,” the government said.
Administrative closure in sight?
The text should be “a tool by which local authorities and mayors can regulate whether or not to ban them at will,” summarized Olivia Gregoire, who assures, however, that “this is not the end of dark stocks.” “Fast Commerce” has been born thanks to the quarantine and the Covid-19 epidemic since 2020 and offers delivery of everyday goods in a few minutes.
But this activity has been criticized by many elected officials, who have been indiscriminately condemning the emergence of “warehouse cities”, inconvenience to residents, even a “lazy economy”. Last March, the mayor of Paris demanded the closure of 45 “dark shops” that had been “illegally set up” in the capital because city planning authorities treated them as warehouses when they settled in commercial buildings.
In mid-August, she denounced a draft ministerial decree that would allow them to be treated as places of trade or catering. Finally, they are indeed warehouses, and companies that do not repurpose the premises will break the rules and, according to Olivier Klein, Delegate Minister for Affairs, “very likely” will have to close at the end of the legal process. City and housing.