Grocery retail market from Romania has fared quite dynamic in 2012, formats which include stores that were open throughout the year, was especially supermarkets and discount stores.
Format winner in 2012 was supermarket, small stores (convenience stores) has exploded. Thus, Mega Image retailer, present in romanian retail market with two formats: Mega Image and Shop & Go, opened in 2012 the largest number of stores: 88, ending the year with a total of 193 stores.
Mega Image, the romanian banner of belgian company Group Delhaize, is retailer with the largest number of stores in Romania.
Another performers are Profi, who opened in 2012 no less than 45 stores, reaching 149 units at the end of the 2012 and Carrefour Market and Carrefour Express, the two supermarket banners of french retailer Carrefour, who opened in 2012 37 units in total.
On discouter sector Lidl, the german discounter opened 26 stores in 2012 and the other discount retailer, Penny Market has opened 14 units.
No major changes occurred on hypermarket sector, as expectected, the total opening was only 12 hypermarket stores: 10 Kaufland stores and one in his right Auchan, Carrefour and Cora. Next year will counting the 20 real stores to Auchan, purchased late last year by the french retailer.
Cash & Carry format has stabilized somehow in 2012, at least in terms of number of stores. No store opening for the two representatives of this format: Metro and Selgros.
Look at this infografic with evolution of grocery retail market from Romania (2011-2012), measured by the number of stores:
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