Super-fast delivery firm Getir is closing five of its dark stores in Amsterdam and pulling out of six Dutch cities because of a lack of orders.
The company told broadcaster NOS it is fed up with the “endless discussions” with Amsterdam city council about zoning laws following complaints from locals.
Four of the five Amsterdam dark stores are in areas where such activities are banned and the city has adopted a new plan which will confine its distribution centres to industrial estates.
The company, which has been active in Amsterdam since 2021, will then have 15 stores open in the capital and says it still expects to be able to serve its customers. However, it is closing in Breda, Delft, Eindhoven, Groningen, Leiden and Tilburg because of a lack of clients.
Getir is also pulling out of 17 of the 23 German cities where it is currently active and will confine operations to major urban centres such as Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich.
In June the company said it was pulling out of Spain, Italy and Portugal, but that it would continue to operate in the Netherlands, despite rumours it would leave. Getir, which is Turkish in origin, took over German firm Gorillas last year.
Getir’s retreat comes as it faces a major cash crisis and struggles to close a funding round that has been months in the works, website TechCrunch reported earlier.
British fast delivery firm Zapp left the Netherlands last year citing uncertainties due to changing rules and regulations concerning their distribution centres.
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