34 Facts About Groupe Casino


Groupe Casino Group or Groupe Casino Guichard-Perrachon is a French mass-market retail group.

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Groupe Casino Group is the source of many innovations such as the first distributor's brand in 1901, the first self-service store in 1948 or even the display of a sell-by date on consumer products in 1959.

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Groupe Casino Group operates across all food and non-food formats: hypermarkets, supermarkets, convenience stores, discount stores and wholesale stores.

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Groupe Casino's parents were the owners of a retail grocery business in Saint-Etienne.

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In 1912, Groupe Casino created the Sports branch Groupe Casino employees' Social Club, a sports organization in accordance with its sports corporatism policy.

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In 1923, in celebration of its 25th anniversary, Groupe Casino put in place a pension fund which ensured the security of employees leaving the company.

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The Groupe Casino share was quoted on the Stock Exchange as from 1910.

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Groupe Casino was surrounded by his brothers Jean, Georges, Paul et Pierre Guichard, and his brother-in-law Francois Kemlin.

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In 1959, Groupe Casino was the first distributor to display a sell-by date on its products.

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In 1957, Groupe Casino opened its first supermarket in Nice, under the brand Nica.

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Groupe Casino transferred its majority ownership to Castorama in October 1989.

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In 1976, the internationalization of Groupe Casino Group started in the United States with the creation of Groupe Casino USA to operate French cafeterias in the USA.

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In March 1996, Groupe Casino Group signed a partnership agreement with Dairy Farm International, one of the biggest groups of supermarkets in Asia.

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In 1999, Groupe Casino Group bought into the capital of Distribution Groups GPA and Grupo Exito in Brazil and in Colombia.

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Antoine Guichard, the last family manager of Groupe Casino Group, did not want to give up the presidency of the company.

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Between 1995 and 1996, Groupe Casino took majority ownership in the different companies of Corse Distribution, enabling the development of many new franchise names.

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Less than a year later, Groupe Casino supported Monoprix financially in the total acquisition of Prisunic's capital and became therefore, shareholder at 21.

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In September 1997, Groupe Casino Group took majority ownership in the Franprix and Leader Price brands and their network of 650 stores.

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Under the aegis of Jean-Charles Naouri, Groupe Casino Group developed its assets in France and internationally.

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In March 1997, Groupe Casino Group signed an affiliate agreement with the Uruguayan Brand Disco for the construction of a Geant Groupe Casino in Montevideo.

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In February 1998, Groupe Casino Group took over the Argentine Group Libertad operating 7 hypermarkets across the country.

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In 1999, Groupe Casino subscribed to the capital of leading distribution companies in their respective countries, GPA in Brazil and Grupo Exito in Colombia.

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In 2000, Groupe Casino Group acquired Monoprix, Franprix, Leader Price and Cdiscount.

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Groupe Casino inaugurated its new Head Office in Saint-Etienne, its historical stronghold, in 2007.

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In that year, Groupe Casino Group continued its growth in Asia by acquiring Thai participations in the Carrefour Group with its Big C branch.

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In December 2017, Groupe Casino Group signed an agreement with Ocado to develop a technological platform with an automated warehouse in France.

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Unlike its main French competitors, Groupe Casino Group made the bet of developing a multi-brand strategy in the 1990s under the management of Jean-Charles Naouri.

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The model developed by Groupe Casino is founded on the network of brands with differentiated and complementary positioning.

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Cdiscount, branch of Groupe Casino Group, became over a few years a major e-business actor over the Internet in France.

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Real estate activity of Groupe Casino Group is driven in France by l'Immobiliere Groupe Casino and its old brand Mercialys.

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Groupe Casino Group created a Company Foundation which supports childhood development by fighting against the cultural exclusion of the under-privileged.

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Groupe Casino Group is at the origin of the AS Saint-Etienne football Club created in 1919, the Sports Social Club of Saint-Etienne.

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The founder of Groupe Casino Group purchased a large field and gave it to the club.

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In 1996, Groupe Casino Group became the main sponsor of the current AG2R La Mondiale cycling team.

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