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Leroy Merlin (French: [ləʁwa mɛʁlɛ̃]) is a French headquartered home improvement and gardening retailer serving several countries in Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa.

Leroy Merlin SA
Subsidiary
IndustryRetail
Founded1923; 96 years ago (1923)
FounderAdolphe Leroy & Rose Merlin
Headquarters,
Area served
France, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, China, Brazil, South Africa, Egypt
ProductsDo it yourself
Home improvement
Garden Supplies
OwnerGroupe Mulliez (84 %)
Employees (16 %)
ParentGroupe Adeo
WebsiteLeroy Merlin

Generally established on the outskirts of major towns and cities, Leroy Merlin stores are large centres (9000 m2 on average) providing self-service and sales assisted services. Its business is centred on six main sectors: DIY, building, gardening, sanitary equipment, renewable energy, and interior decoration.[1]

HistoryEdit

 
Leroy Merlin in Kalisz, Poland
 
Leroy Merlin around the world.

In 1923, Adolphe Leroy and Rose Merlin, associates in private and business life[clarification needed], opened a business of American surplus. Strengthened by this first success, they decided to sell DIY products and supplies at moderate prices. In 1960, the firm was named Leroy Merlin. It became a precursor, as it was the first company to offer free delivery services.[2]

Business unitsEdit

  • Aki
  • Bricocentre
  • Weldom

Renewable energyEdit

Superstore installationsEdit

Spanish electricity utility Endesa has installed a 100 kW solar plant, covering 1700 m² with 670 photovoltaic panels, for Leroy Merlin at its superstore in Rivas Vaciamadrid, Spain.

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