France-based Auchan has launched a new hypermarket in Paco de Arcos. Additionally, over 250 new stores were opened in Portugal from 2018 to 2019.
Auchan invests €16m in new hypermarket
Auchan has announced it invested €16m into its 6,000 sq. m hypermarket in Paco de Arcos. The retailer claims it has introduced several innovative features. Shoppers have the option to eat in, with a cafeteria available. The hypermarket has staffed counters that offer ‘Good, healthy and local’ products through its bakery, sushi, meat and freshly cooked pizzas.
Click and collect is available and soon the retailer will implement a ‘Drive and take away’ option, where shoppers can purchase healthy food from an assigned area. The group continues to support its sustainability goals by implementing; a water dispenser, reducing its single use plastic, decreasing packaging waste and installing solar panels.
Portugal’s store growth since 2018
Portugal has seen an increase in the number of supermarkets operating in the country in the last two years. Research showed in 2018 it saw 126 new supermarkets opened and in 2019 it increased again by 154. The expansion of supermarkets is expected to continue in 2020.
Sonae launched 87 stores in Portugal, including stores under the Bom Dia, Go Natural and Modelo banners. Similarly, DIA increased its number of stores, launching 76 Minipreço. Jeronimo Martins opened 24 new stores, under its Pingo Doce and Amanhecer banners. In addition, Lidl and Aldi added a combined total of 43 stores. Intermaché has introduced 11 new stores, while Auchan added 24.
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