Gorillas closes a number of German warehouses, as company continues to struggle

Gorillas is retreating from the German delivery market, leaving four cities in North Rhine-Westphalia.

The Berlin-based firm is leaving Bochum, Gelsenkirchen, Dortmund and Münster, shutting down dark stores and ceasing operations.

The company confirmed that it is almost entirely withdrawing from the Ruhr region, only remaining active in the city of Essen. In Gelsenkirchen, it only lasted a year.

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The move comes after the company also announced a partial withdrawal in the Netherlands, stopping operations in six cities.

Both withdrawals were met with some confusion, considering Germany and The Netherlands were named as two of five “core markets” by the company.

Gorillas continues to grapple with financial difficulties in a crowded market. In May, the company laid off 300 administrative staff at its Berlin headquarters.

It also exited four markets  — Italy, Spain, Denmark and Belgium — seeking to shift from “hyper growth” to “a clear path to profitability.”

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