Carrefour Spain reaches 500 Express Stores
Carrefour Spain will close 2016 with 160 new Express stores, creating employment for 1,100 people in this country. Over 3,000 people currently work in Express stores in Spain.
The areas in which Express stores have been created are: Andalusia, Catalonia, Valencia, Extremadura, Rioja, Navarra, Madrid and the Basque Country. Almost 20% of these supermarkets serve communities with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants.
Spain’s Express stores have an average surface area of between 100 and 500m2, providing customers with a local outlet that offers some 5,000 items at the most competitive prices.
New format openings: gourmet experience
Carrefour Spain’s Express format has also developed a “gourmet” supermarket model. These stores offer a range of over 5,500 products, including 600 “gourmet” references, which is 75% more than the chain’s conventional supermarkets offer. Gourmet Express stores are designed to meet the needs of cosmopolitan urban customers.
They include a wine cellar with over 250 different wines from Spain’s main wine-growing regions, as well as organic products, a selection of organic meat and international dishes. They also offer specialist meat and high quality cold cut products, as well as over 50 varieties of artisan bread and pastries, all produced daily on site. The first stores of this type opened in Madrid.
Carrefour Express: successful formula for entrepreneurs
90% of the Express stores in Spain operate on a franchise basis, a good opportunity for entrepreneurs. Carrefour Spain offers the option of operating under the brand name, providing franchisees with daily management support, including the provision of commercial know-how, logistics support and help in securing funding.
85% of the Carrefour Express franchises are family-run businesses, 40% are run by women and 25% are managed by young entrepreneurs under the age of 25.
70 stores opened in Cepsa service stations
Over 70 of the stores expected to open this year will be in Cepsa service stations.
The purpose of these stores is to provide users with an alternative shopping outlet without having to leave the service station, this alliance offers consumers optional extra benefits in terms of fuel and at Carrefour Spain stores.
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