The Marseille commercial court has decided to place the San Marina shoe brand in receivership for six months, the company’s lawyer, Me Bernard Bouquet, told AFP on Thursday.
The request made on Tuesday by San Marina, which employs 680 people in 163 stores in France, had been examined Thursday morning behind closed doors by the Commercial Court of Marseille, the headquarters of the brand being in Gémenos, in the Bouches-du- Rhone.
Until March 23
The receivership of the company, formerly owned by the Vivarte group, is pronounced until March 22, 2023, Me Bouquet told AFP, confirming information from France 3 Provence television.
The commercial court could not be reached in the evening to confirm this information, one of the representatives of the CSE indicating for his part not to be aware of the decision pronounced.
San Marina said on Tuesday that it was suffering the backlash of the judgment of the Court of Cassation which forced, last June, so-called non-essential traders and who had had to keep their doors closed during the spring 2020 confinement, to pay their rents.
The company, which had been sold at the beginning of 2020 by Vivarte to Stéphane Collaert, had already announced in the spring of 2022 a job protection plan (PSE) “covering 152 out of 680 positions” and “the adaptation of its fleet of stores”. At the time of entering into negotiations with Vivarte, there was talk of 230 stores, the brand claimed 163 on Tuesday.