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European Fast Grocery Hits Speed Bump With Dutch Halt On New 'Dark Stores'

Venture capitalists have invested billions of dollars in fast grocery delivery services such as Turkey's Getir and Germany's Gorillas and Flink, in a race to expand across Europe to meet soaring demand during COVID-19 lockdowns.

But this new mainstay of city life is facing pushback from some residents and authorities who see the services as a blight on neighbourhoods, complicating the loss-making companies' efforts to scale up and become profitable.

At issue are the hundreds of small 'dark stores' - distribution hubs for on-demand groceries where workers zip in and out on scooters, prompting complaints they are causing disruptions and are a nuisance.

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