PARIS — People seeking to feed their late-night beauty cravings can do so again at Sephora’s Champs-Élysées flagship here starting Monday.
The LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned perfumery chain sent an e-mail to clients on Friday evening in which it had written: “Votre magasin Sephora Champs-Élysées réouvre ses portes jusqu’à 23h30 à partir du lundi 16 novembre 2015.”
That means the store’s Paris flagship will reopen its doors until 11:30 p.m. beginning on Nov. 16. Today, in contrast, the perfumery chain closes at 8 p.m.
As reported, in late September 2014 the Paris Court of Cassation confirmed that the Sephora flagship had to close daily at 9 p.m. The unit was in the past allowed to remain open until midnight during the week and 1 a.m. on the weekend, with 20 percent of the store’s sales being rung up after 9 p.m.
At the time, the court of last resort deemed that night hours were not inherent to the perfumery chain’s activity. It was considered a final judgment in a series of legal steps spanning months.
But France’s Constitutional Council this summer approved key measures in French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron’s wide-ranging economic reform program, including a loosening of the rules governing store hours. Companies in so-called international tourist zones such as the Champs-Élysées wishing to remain open late at night and on Sundays are now obliged to fulfill numerous requirements beforehand, including consulting with employees.
According to press reports, between Oct. 3 and 7 more than 96 percent of the Sephora Paris flagship’s employees voted for a return to extended night hours in a referendum organized by company management.