FRANCE: Carrefour plots convenience expansion

By Dean Best | 1 February 2013

Carrefour has forecast its network of convenience stores in France could grow by a further 350 stores this year.

The retail giant, which is trying to revitalise a domestic business that has struggled in recent years, has just opened its 1,000th c-store in France.

By the end of 2013, it expects to have 1,350 outlets across four banners: Carrefour City, Contact, Express and Montagne.

Carrefour told just-food between 70 and 80 of the additional stores will be new outlets, with the remainder from franchisees switching to the Carrefour banners.

A spokesperson said changing consumer habits in France meant shoppers will increasingly using convenience stores.

"Consumers have two main expectations: time management [and] managing their daily spending," the spokesperson said. "The consumer profile is also changing, [with an] ageing population and the rise of single-person households."

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Food Retail in France

Food Retail in France industry profile provides top-line qualitative and quantitative summary information including: market size (value 2007-11, and forecast to 2016). The profile also contains descriptions of the leading players including key financial metrics and analysis of competitive pressures within the market. Essential resource for top-line data and analysis covering the France food retail market. Includes market size data, textual and graphical analysis of market growth trends, leading companies and macroeconomic information.

Sectors: Retail

Companies: Carrefour

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