When H&M unexpectedly opened a new store on the beach of Riccione (Rimini – Italy) I thought this was a smart marketing action. Then I started wondering if this could work. Of course the store would have benefited from massive visibility, but was this enough?
The great adventure of the pop-up store only lasted one week. It seems that those in charge of developing the concept did not have all relevant licenses.
The Italian Guardia di Finanza sealed off the area and confiscated property. Someone thinks H&M violated some provisions, while others state inspections were too severe. It seems evident to me that someone chose to turn a blind eye in order to authorize the opening of this beautiful pop-up store on the beach.
I think that if some licenses were missing works could not have been authorized. And I’m also convinced that if inspections were too severe the shop couldn’t have been inaugurated.
Do you want to know my opinion? I don’t care who is right or wrong, nor which business activities were damaged the most. What really infuriates me is that in order to place the new pop-up store several square metres of “dunes” were destroyed, thus damaging an enchanting protected area gathering fine sand and lush vegetation.
Just for another shop! And I’m saying this in a conflict of interest. This behaviour is really not acceptable, especially because H&M has always been involved in sustainability and conscious collection campaigns, we also spoke about.
I think everyone involved in this matter should deeply reflect on it. Don’t you think so?