Carrefour Marinopoulos is a Greek retailer. It was formed in 1999 as a 50-50 joint venture between the Greek Marinopoulos Group and the French Carrefour Group. It is the biggest retail chain in Greece in terms of both turnover and number of stores. As of 2008, the company operates over 300 stores. Carrefour Marinopoulos stores are divided into three formats, differentiated by size and the range of products sold.
The larger hypermarkets that stock a wide range of goods are branded Carrefour. Usually these stores are on two floors, ground floor for mainly food and first floor for clothing, electronics etc. There are currently 28 Carrefour hypermarkets located in major Greek cities.
Medium-sized supermarkets that stock groceries plus a much smaller range of non-food items are branded Marinopoulos (Formerly Champion Marinopoulos. This name was used up to the end of 2007). It is the most typical store format accounting for more than half of all Carrefour Marinopoulos stores. There are 145 Marinopoulos stores located all over Greece.
Convenience level stores that stock mainly food are branded 5' Marinopoulos (and Smile Market in the Thessaloniki area). There are 107 stores of this format located mainly in urban areas.
Carrefour Marinopoulos also owns 11 hypermarkets (branded Carrefour) and 4 supermarkets (branded Carrefour Express) in Cyprus.
The Carrefour Group and the Marinopoulos Group, through a different joint-venture (Dia Hellas SA), also control the Dia hard discount... Read More