Russian food store chain shuts down Dutch operations

The Bussum store opening. Photo: VKus via Facebook

Russian fresh food supermarket chain VkusVill (Vkus) is closing its four stores in the Netherlands, because of the impact of the war in Ukraine.

‘As a Dutch limited company with a Russian investor, our existence is threatened in the longer term,’ the company said in a website statement. ‘This world disaster knows only losers, on all sides, on all fronts and has also proved fatal to our shop.’

VkusVill had three branches in Amsterdam and a shop specialising in dairy products in Bussum.

The chain opened its first shop in the Netherlands in June 2020. It has 1,300 shops in Russia spread across several dozen cities.

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