Zara to reopen stores in war-torn Ukraine

People walk past a Zara shop closed due to sanctions in a shopping mall in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, May 31, 2022.
People walk past a Zara shop closed due to sanctions in a shopping mall in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, May 31, 2022. Copyright Dmitri Lovetsky/Copyright 2022 The AP. All rights reserved
By Doloresz Katanich
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The Spanish retail giant is reportedly preparing to reopen more than half of its shops in the country, which is still under attack by Russia.

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Following nearly two years of closure, retail giant Zara is ready to reopen many of its stores in Ukraine.

Zara's parent company Inditex told Euronews Business in a statement that it plans to gradually reopen its stores in Ukraine from 1 April, “based on local market circumstances”.

“The Group's priority continues to be the safety of its employees and customers,” Inditex said.

The Spanish brand closed its 84 stores in Ukraine as well as its operations in Russia after the latter launched its full-scale invasion of its neighbour on 24 February 2022. The war has claimed more than 30,000 lives since.

Inditex previously told the Financial Times that it will first relaunch 20 of its stores in Kyiv shopping centres and then eventually swell the number of operating shops to 50. 

The brand's 34 remaining shops are located in areas directly affected by the war in south and east Ukraine, where the Ukrainian government has prohibited commercial operations.

The company is following in the footsteps of other brands, which initially suspended operations in both Russia and Ukraine following the outbreak of the war.

Zara's main rival H&M restarted operations in the country last November.

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