In Briec, the Amazon platform opens its doors… and the locals are waiting to see – Quimper



Rarely has a project caused so much ink to flow… And yet. After much controversy, it is this Thursday, October 27 that Amazon, the American e-commerce giant, is launching its logistics platform in the Lumunoc’h area, in Briec. From his house, located at a place called Pargamou, just a stone’s throw from the site, Alain witnessed each stage of the construction of the impressive blue and gray building. “The Amazon warehouse? I haven’t really gone into the subject… If it’s the evolution of society, then there’s nothing we can do about it”, notes this craftsman, fatalistic. “My fear is that it will harm local business. And then, it’s the American mentality: they know how to thwart labor laws… We’ll see! »

Seated at her kitchen table, Marie*, a neighbour, is surprised that she is being asked her opinion today: “We were never consulted, so Amazon, I don’t think much about it… It was imposed, there was nothing to say. To choose, I would have preferred local, smaller companies, ”laments the retiree. “Besides, it’s going to devalue the house to have that next door, I didn’t think the industrial zone would come so close to us…Time will tell”.

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“If it’s to make it look like Lidl…”

At the Cauldron Glazik, a workers’ restaurant well known to passing workers, the watchword is the same: “We’ll see how it goes”, says Sylvain, a customer from Plogonnec, before sitting down to eat. “Basically, I was rather against it. Of course, labor law in this kind of business raises questions. If it’s to make it look like at Lidl… To see”. His colleague Jean-Luc, from Concarneau, also displays a mixed air: “On the one hand, it’s good, because it will give work to a few people. Afterwards, isn’t Amazon likely to eat away at other companies? I do not know “.

The future of commerce dependent on the web giants?

Reservations that do not affect Ludovic Jolivet **: two after having defended the project with elected officials, the former president of QBO and ex-mayor of Quimper maintains his position regarding the establishment of Amazon in Briec: “It It is obvious that this platform is an opportunity for the territory. Those, today, who wish to develop our municipalities by doing without mass distribution are mistaken. For me, you couldn’t miss Amazon (…). We are experiencing a major change in our consumption patterns, and it is normal for there to be resistance. These people, if they want to live with candles and horses, let them. But whether we like it or not, society is changing, and today there are more advantages to embracing this transformation than to opposing it”.

Finally, it’s from afar but with the keen eyes of those who won’t be fooled that everyone will attend this Thursday the debut of the American group in Cornwall… Hoping that the future will not give them cause for disillusion.

*Name has been changed

** Contacted, the mayor of Briec did not respond to our requests

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