OUNI, a packaging-free store, has closed both of its locations in Luxembourg City and Dudelange. The cooperative was declared bankrupt.
Plagued by large debts (over 350,000 euros), the OUNI cooperative went bankrupt six years after opening its first store in Luxembourg City. The second store had opened in 2020, but due to the pandemic crisis the sales of the 100% bulk brand decreased.
OUNI announced the bad news on Facebook and their website.
"The last few months have been very difficult for OUNI, as for the bulk sector in general and other small traders. It is with a heavy heart that we have taken the decision to close our two stores", declared the statement.
The stores offered fruit, vegetables, cereal, milk, and hygiene products without packaging. Most products were organic, local or fair trade.
Each shareholder had the right to become a normal or active member of the cooperative, helping out with management, cleaning or stock management.
"We would like to thank you for your support throughout this adventure. Thank you for all the words of support and comfort that you have expressed", added the leaders of the cooperative.
"It's with immense sadness that we see not only the departure of our employees, but of our friends, members of our OUNI family. They are the ones who deserve our greatest thanks. We hope that our paths will cross again, maybe around other eco-responsible projects."