By Loubna Flah
By Loubna Flah
Morocco World News
Casablanca, August 30, 2012
An official in Marjane department stores denied that the group affiliated to the royal holding had refrained from selling alcoholic beverages.
The news that Marjane Holding’s administration has decided to stop selling alcoholic beverages in most of its supermarkets across Morocco has taken both alcohol suppliers and regular customers by surprise.
According to the Moroccan daily Al Massae, the official asserted that Marjane has resumed distributing alcohol in many stores in order to make it available for its customers across the country.
On the other hand, he pinpoints that the administration has decided to keep alcohol-free stores, a decision made days before the holy month Ramadan.
The official has also refuted claims about a potential deal brokered to sell a number of Marjane stores to investors from the Gulf.
Some sources claimed that a company from the Gulf has offered to take over a number of Marjane stores with the sole condition that the department stores cease to sell alcoholic beverages.
Marjane administration has issued a decision to suspend the alcohol business in three stores.
According to the daily Al Massae, the decision will be extended to other stores in many areas namely Derb Ghallaf, Al Massira, Khouribga, Beni Mellal, Ain Seba, Sale and Morocco Mall in Casablanca.
Marjane administration had faced sharp criticism for selling alcohol in high-crime areas. There have been series of protests by local residents against these stores especially in Temara where 17 people were arrested during a demonstration.
Correlations between the decision to ban alcoholic beverages from Marjane shelves and observance of Islamic provisions by the department store administration turned to be groundless. Nevertheless, the new Alcohol-free stores are more likely to receive an influx of customers pleased with the decision.