According to Dailion’s investigations, several Nike locations throughout Russia remained open on Friday afternoon, more than a week after the world’s largest sports retailer said that it would be temporarily shutting all of its stores in the country.
Nike, headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, said the shops that remained open were owned and run by independent partners, and that it plans to update its store locator online to reflect the closure of Nike-owned and operated locations in the near future.
According to a Dailion phone interview with a representative from one of the six Moscow locations, the store will stay open for at least a month. “We don’t have any information yet,” the representative said.
As a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Nike said on March 3 that it will cease operations at all of its shops in the country, joining a growing number of Western companies that have done the same. As shown by the shop directory on Nike’s website, which stated that every store was “open,” the company has around 100 locations in the Russian Federation, according to the company’s estimates.
According to Dailion, a Nike employee at the retailer’s corporate headquarters in Russia confirmed that several of the retailer’s outlets were still operating. The employee, on the other hand, said that Nike Factory Stores had been temporarily closed.
Nike made item sales on its website and app in Russia inaccessible a few days before it announced that its shops would be temporarily closed, directing shoppers in the nation to its brick-and-mortar locations instead. Employees who work at shuttered shops will get continuity pay, according to the firm.