Household chain Marskramer is in trouble because only a limited number of merchandise is supplied, franchisees say to Het Financieele Dagblad ( FD ) on Monday. The problem would lie with the Audax media company, which recently became the owner of parent company De Marskramer.
Audax took over De Marskramer in April from Blokker, since then the flow of merchandise for stores from Marskramer has run dry. "Audax delivers 160 articles, while I need four thousand", franchise Stephan Verzijlbergen tells FD.
The media company, which is publisher of HP / De Tijd and Party and manager of book stores AKO and The Read Shop, promised to supply 95 percent of the necessary sales goods at the takeover, but the entrepreneurs say that they have not yet succeeded. Verzijlbergen says that Blokker supplied approximately 70 percent of the required sales goods. "Certainly not perfect, but livable," says the franchisee.
To compensate for the shortages and to keep their heads above water, the entrepreneurs say they will go into the country after work to buy sales goods. "We can order a part online, at different web shops. But not nearly everything. So I drive around with a van after closing time, looking for things. Just like in the 70s. We were really thrown back in time," an entrepreneur who tells his story anonymously in the business newspaper.
At the moment there are 44 Martians spread throughout the Netherlands, these are all in the hands of franchisees. At the peak there were 230.