Is your local a Géant? It's about to become a Carrefour...
Carrefour are really taking over the city…
First Hyperpanda in Dubai Festival Centre became a Carrefour, and we now know that all of the Géants across the UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait are going to become Carrefours too.
(And, remember, Géant and Carrefour are both French brands – so it really is one rival brand taking over another).
Majid Al Futtaim, who own the Carrefour chains in the region, have acquired all of the Géant supermarkets here: 26 to be exact, and they will all be rebranded.
There are currently Géants everywhere from Remraam to Ibn Battuta Mall.
This will increase the number of Carrefours in the UAE from 67 to 80. Aka, Carrefour is dominating.
The good news is that Majid Al Futtaim have said that the current staff working in the Géants in the UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait will be retained following the acquisition.
There’s no word yet on whether Géants will have ‘super sales’ like Hyperpanda did in Festival Centre (during which people tussled for cheap TVs) but it’s very likely that the acquisition will mean Carrefour will retain all of the stock as well (meaning no clearance sale).
WILL THIS CHANGE MY SUPERMARKET SHOP?
Well, yes, while all supermarkets are mostly the same in that you can get Al Rawabi milk and cornflakes, Carrefour does have its own branded products that you’ll now be able to get. We also particularly rate Carrefour’s fish (in terms of freshness and variety).
But overall, let’s be honest, your weekly trip to the supermarche is going to be a very similar experience.
Plus, with Lulu, Union Coop, Al Maya, Spinney’s, Waitrose, Zoom and more – there’s still plenty of players in the UAE to help keep prices competitive.