Metro wants to open wholesale markets in Corona crisis to all consumers

If you want to go in, you actually need a special customer card. In the Corona crisis, however, the wholesale chain Metro wants to open its doors to everyone. But there is a catch.

In view of the corona pandemic, the wholesale chain Metro would like to open all of its 103 wholesale stores in Germany to end consumers. The company can thus contribute to meeting the increased demand for basic and local supply offers among consumers in the Corona crisis.

A company spokesman said on Monday of the German press agency. However, a prerequisite for such a step is that the federal states give the green light for it.

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is a pioneer. There, the Ministry of Energy, Infrastructure and Digitization approved a corresponding change in use a few days ago.

There are capacities

As of Monday, the five metro markets in Wolgast, Greifswald, Wismar, Neustrelitz and Waren have therefore been able to buy not only commercial customers such as restaurateurs, hoteliers or kiosk operators, but also all other consumers. This approval is limited until April 19.

“We would also like to take this step nationwide,” said a Metro spokesman. However, the individual federal states would have to create the conditions for this. The Germany boss of the Metro, Frank Jäniche, emphasized that the wholesaler currently has capacities for this. After all, he usually makes a large part of his sales with catering operators who have had to close their businesses because of the pandemic.


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