British grocery startup Zapp, which has raised $300m in funding from buyers together with Atomico and Lightspeed, is in talks to tug out of the Netherlands, Sifted has learnt.
The corporate confirmed to Sifted that it’s consulting with events, together with unions and staff, on proposals to exit the Netherlands, with a remaining resolution anticipated subsequent month.
Zapp has operations in each Rotterdam and Amsterdam. The group had been instructed the information at an all fingers assembly this morning.
Amsterdam has confirmed a very tough place for quick grocery firms to function. Zapp says town had compelled the closure of two of its key darkish shops (the buildings speedy grocery firms function out of).
In January, town put a one yr freeze on opening new darkish shops, citing noise and scooter site visitors as a priority.
Town has launched a proposal to solely enable darkish shops in industrial areas, which might successfully imply banning them from town centre, and throwing the speedy grocery mannequin, which depends on having shops near prospects, into query.
“We stay extremely pissed off by the dearth of real engagement by the Amsterdam municipality over many months and the compelled closure of two of our flagship Zappstores,” says Steve O’Hear, VP of technique at Zapp.
“Now we have at all times sought to have a constructive dialogue with the Metropolis of Amsterdam and collaborate with all stakeholders to study and enhance on the way in which fast supply can meet the wants of neighbours and prospects alike,” says O’Hear.
“Our proposed exit now places lots of of jobs in danger and we’re actually sorry for the influence it’ll have on our staff and dependable prospects.”
Corporations, together with Gorillas and Zapp, have launched authorized instances towards town’s resolution.
However that was a complete lot simpler to do when the grocery firms had been in a stronger monetary place; the seemingly recession and tighter funding market will imply they’ve much less within the coffers for issues like authorized battles.
Freya Pratty is a reporter at Sifted. She tweets from @FPratty and writes our sustainability-focused e-newsletter — you’ll be able to enroll right here.