Suspension of Brusnychka, Parallel chains in ATO zone won't affect other sub-holdings - SCM
The decision to suspend the operation of the Brusnychka fresh market chain and Parallel-branded filling stations in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) zone is linked to present circumstances and was made in line with the current corporate management system, System Capital Management (SCM) has told Interfax-Ukraine.
"We had difficulties with supplies in the past several months – both food for the Brusnychka chain and fuel for the Parallel chain. When the further continuation of operation became impossible the decision that was announced today was made," the group said when asked if the decision to close the two chains in the ATO zone was initiated by SCM.
SCM added that the decision would not affect the operation of its other sub-holdings.
As reported, on Monday, May 18, Ukrainskiy Retail LLC, part of SCM Group, said that the operation of 54 Brusnychka fresh market chain stores in the areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions temporarily un-controlled by the government was suspended.
Parallel, part of SCM, on Monday also said that the company had suspended the operation of Parallel-branded filling stations in Donetsk and all other localities in Donetsk region that are beyond government control.
The companies said that once they see a chance to resume operations in these areas within a legal framework and in a safe environment for their staff, the companies will reopen their stores and stations.
Ukrainskiy Retail also said that to maintain jobs and ensure opportunities to provide food, Brusnychka is looking to lease de-branded premises and equipment to its staff until the chain returns. If this happens, Ukrainskiy Retail headquarters will neither control nor manage the outlets.
Parallel said that those staff members employed at the suspended filling stations will receive compensation which will be twice as much as the severance pay established by the law for such cases.