1 Mar, 2024 @ 12:07
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Spain’s clothing giant Inditex to make gradual return to Ukraine, after two-year closure caused by Russian invasion

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File photo dated 29/5/2018 of a branch of Zara on Oxford Street, central London. Zara owner Inditex has seen sales falls narrow to 10% over its third quarter, but said the rebound was held back as tighter coronavirus restrictions forced it to close stores.

SPANISH clothing giant Inditex, which is the parent group of brands such as Zara and Bershka, is to make its return to Ukraine after a two-year closure prompted by the Russian invasion. 

Sources from the company, which was founded by billionaire Galician businessman Amancio Ortega, told news agency Europa Press that the process of reopening of both physical and online stores will be ‘gradual’ and will begin on April 1. 

The closure of the group’s businesses in Ukraine became a reality on February 24, 2022, the day that Russia invaded the country. 

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A Zara store on Oxford Street, central London, in a file photo.

The plan now is to open the 20 or so stores from seven of its brands (including three Zara shops) in the Kiev area, and then to open its stores in Lviv. 

According to a report in the Financial Times, the group could reopen as many as 50 of the 80 stores it has across the country over the coming months. 

The same sources told Europa Press that the priority of the group will continue to be ‘the safety of its employees and customers’. 

The news agency reported that Inditex implemented a special plan to support not just its staff in the war-stricken country, but also their families, and has been guaranteeing their jobs and salaries over the last two years. 

Other fashion brands have been operating in Ukraine for some months now, including Swedish multinational H&M. 

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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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