Apr 29, 2010

Day 4: Carrefour

I reached 'Carrefour' today in almost 2 hours as opposed to the 3 hours last week. Damn tired and head banging with all the products, I would like to post something small today. I just thought to study history of the hypermarket. Here it is (from wikipedia):

Carrefour S.A. is a French international hypermarket chain. Headquartered in Levallois-Perret, France, Carrefour is the largest hypermarket chain in the world in terms of size, the second largest retail group in the world in terms of revenue and third largest in profit after Wal-Mart and Tesco. Carrefour operates mainly in Europe, China, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina and in the Dominican Republic, but also has shops in North Africa and other parts of Asia.

Carrefour means "crossroads" in French.

The first Carrefour store opened on June 3, 1957, in suburban Annecy near a crossroads (carrefour in French). The group was created by Marcel Fournier, Denis Defforey and Jacques Defforey and grew into a chain from this first sales outlet.The Carrefour group pioneered the concept of a hypermarket[dubious – discuss], a large supermarket and a department store under the same roof. They opened their first hypermarket June 15, 1963 in Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois, near Paris in France.

I think next time I visit Carrefour, I will take a few pictures and post them so that one can see its grandness. :-)

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