Struggling Dutch food retailer Laurus today (13 October) denied reports that it intends to sell its flagship Super de Boer supermarkets of franchisees.

A report in Dutch daily De Telegraaf suggested that Laurus intended to sell a large proportion of its Super de Boer stores to franchisees.

However, the company denied this suggestion. “Apparently this article is based on an old working paper, the bases of which Laurus rejected last summer. The draft business plan that Laurus has almost finalised is not based on the transfer of stores operated by Laurus to franchisees,” the company said in a statement.

Laurus is still working on a new business plan for its only remaining supermarket chain Super de Boer, after its sale of the Edah and Konmar chains.