E.Leclerc (informally simply Leclerc French pronunciation: [ləklɛʁ]) is a French hypermarket chain, headquartered in Ivry-sur-Seine. E.Leclerc was established on 1 January 1948 by Édouard Leclerc. E.Leclerc currently has more than 500 locations in France and 114 stores outside of the country, as of 2012. The chain enables semi-independent stores to operate under the Leclerc brand.
Own brand ranges come under the Marque Repère and Eco+ banners. Some larger hypermarkets have a separate entertainment/multimedia section, under the name of Espace Culturel.
- 1948: Edouard Leclerc opens the first supermarket in Landerneau, Brittany
- 1956: Start of E.Leclerc’s clothing range
- 1960: The 60th E.Leclerc opens in Issy-les-Moulineaux
- 1969: 95 supermarkets close in order to be taken over by Intermarché
- 1979: Leclerc creates SIPLEC (a petrol import organisation)
- 1985: Leclerc is the first retailer to sell jewelley within supermarkets with its 'Le Manège à Bijoux' concept.
- 1992: Leclerc opens first Spanish supermarket and starts European expansion
- 1995: Leclerc stops giving out plastic bags for free
- 2000: Leclerc opens first Slovenian hypermarket in Ljubljana on June 7
- 2002: Leclerc creates a joint-venture with Conad in Italy
- 2007: Leclerc opens second Slovenian hypermarket in Maribor on November 7
- 2007: Sales reach €30 billion.
Leclerc in Europe
- 561 stores in France (391 hypermarkets, 131 supermarkets and 39 specialist shops)
- 30 hypermarkets in Italy, operated in partnership with Conad
- 17 stores in Poland
- 16 stores in Portugal: Barcelos, Braga, Caldas da Rainha, Chaves, Entroncamento, Figueira da Foz, Lamego,Lordelo/Guimarães, Montijo, Portalegre, Portimão, Santa Maria da Feira, Santarém, Valongo, Viana do Castelo, Vila Nova de Famalicão
- 18 stores in Spain: Vitoria-Gasteiz (Álava), Madrid x2, Alcobendas (Madrid), Aranjuez (Madrid), Fuenlabrada (Madrid), Majadahonda (Madrid), Pinto (Madrid), Valdemoro (Madrid), Soria, Alcantarilla (Murcia), Trobajo del Camino (León), Carbajosa de la Sagrada (Salamanca), Cordovilla (Pamplona), Ciudad Real, Miranda de Ebro (Burgos), Trujillo (Cáceres) y Almendralejo (Badajoz).
- 2 stores in Slovenia: Ljubljana, Maribor
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