Carrefour Polska is set to open its first large-format store run by an independent entrepreneur and franchisee of the chain in Belchatow in September of this year.
The move follows the success of the format in the supermarket and convenience store categories.
Marek Lipka, member of the management board and commercial and supply chain director at Carrefour Poland, said, “We have prepared our Carrefour hypermarket franchise offer for entrepreneurs with their own premises, but also for investors who would like to take over a store already operating in the local market.
“Both of these models have successfully proven themselves in the supermarket franchise we have been offering since 2018. We have many satisfied partners, including those who run more than one store with us, and in 2022 alone we have already opened a total of 10 Carrefour franchise supermarkets.”
In 2007, Carrefour opened its first franchise store in Poland in the convenience segment.
Since then, the retailer has opened more than 700 stores in this format in Poland, as well as more than 30 franchise supermarkets, the first of which was established in 2018.
The expansion of larger format stores has allowed the company to expand its network in the country and boost profitability.
Lipka is confident of the success of the franchise hypermarkets.
He added, “Importantly when we hand over our own operating super or hypermarket, we have full knowledge of its strengths and weaknesses.
“We share this data with our partners, and thanks to close cooperation, supplementing the offer with products and services from the local market, as well as the commitment of our franchisees, the performance of such stores grows week by week.”
Hypermarket In Belchatow
The new hypermarket in Belchatow is set in a 3,500-metre store, which opened in 2020.
It employs about 40 people and the product assortment comprises more than 27,000 products.
All employees of the current Carrefour store will maintain employment at the new franchise location, the retailer added.