Majid Al Futtaim acquires Géant franchise operator in the Middle East

RetailME Bureau

Dubai-based shopping mall developer and retail and leisure operator, Majid Al Futtaim, has announced the acquisition of Retail Arabia, the franchise owner of 26 Géant stores across the UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait as well as four Gulfmart supermarkets in Bahrain. The deal is agreed between Majid Al Futtaim and Retail Arabia’s parent company BMA International.

All of the acquired stores, which include hypermarkets, supermarkets and convenience stores, will be rebranded under Carrefour. It will see Carrefour extend its leading position in the UAE by increasing its store count from 67 to 80, while in Bahrain and Kuwait, it will further establish the brand as one of the largest grocery retail operators by increasing its stores to 11 and 8, respectively. Majid Al Futtaim has confirmed that all Retail Arabia’s employees will be retained following the acquisition and empowered to deliver Carrefour’s world-renowned customer experience.

“This acquisition is a significant milestone for Majid Al Futtaim, one which further cements Carrefour’s position as the largest and most successful grocery retailer in the region and beyond. We are open to further prospects, through both organic growth and opportunistic acquisitions, and will pursue these in line with our disciplined strategic and financial approach. Our ambition is to expand our physical as well as our digital presence, and reinforce our omnichannel offering,” says Alain Bejjani, CEO, Majid Al Futtaim – Holding.

“Carrefour is a brand already synonymous with quality, affordability, convenience and diligence to offer exceptional customer experience. By extending its reach, we will deliver these promises to more customers in more locations, while enhancing Majid Al Futtaim’s overall ability to fulfil its vision of creating great moments for everyone,” he adds.

Perella Weinberg Partners advised Majid Al Futtaim on the transaction.