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On this page you will find the answers to frequently asked questions in order to provide you with a snapshot of the Jerónimo Martins Group.

The Jerónimo Martins Group

In which areas does Jerónimo Martins operate?

The Jerónimo Martins Group operates in the Food Distribution and Specialised Retail sectors.

In the area of Food Distribution, what are the banners and formats through which the Group operates?

The Group operates in the main Distribution formats. In Portugal, Pingo Doce in supermarket and hypermarket formats and Recheio in the cash & carry format. In Poland, the Jerónimo Martins Group operates the Biedronka supermarket chain, the market leader in Polish food retail. The Group has entered Colombia with the retail chain Ara, operating in the "tiendas de barrio" neighbourhood store format.

In which geographical areas does Jerónimo Martins operate?

In Portugal, Poland and Colombia.

How many stores does the Group have in the Distribution area?

In the Distribution area, the Jerónimo Martins Group has 3,249 stores in the three countries in which it operates.

When was the beginning of Jerónimo Martins activities?

Jerónimo Martins already has a history of over two centuries. The first Jerónimo Martins store dates back to 1792, the year a young Galician arrived in Lisbon and opened a small store in the Chiado district of Lisbon.

Who are the current partners of Jerónimo Martins?

In Portugal, the Group's partner in the Food Distribution area is Royal Ahold, in the holding company Jerónimo Martins Retalho, which includes Pingo Doce.

How did the Group's internationalization process arise?

The internationalisation of the Jerónimo Martins Group arose naturally as a development of its Distribution business. Given the dimension of the domestic Food Distribution market and the administrative obstacles to the development of business in this field, the Group decided to expand into markets in which, in view of their dimension and potential for growth, the level of competition did not yet correspond to that of the mature markets in western Europe or the United States. The Group thus decided to expand into the Polish market in 1995. In 2011, the Group announced that its next step in internationalisation would be to enter the Colombian market.

When was Jerónimo Martins first listed on the Stock Exchange?

In July 1989, an Initial Public Offering placed 15% of the share capital of Jerónimo Martins, SGPS, SA, on the stock market. Currently, approximately 40% of its capital is floated.

What distinguishes the Pingo Doce chain?

Pingo Doce is the largest and most modern chain of neighbourhood supermarkets in Portugal. Currently, the chain includes 399 stores in mainland Portugal and Madeira.

What is the positioning of Recheio?

Recheio is the banner of the Jerónimo Martins Group operating in the Wholesale Distribution market in Portugal and includes, as Private Labels, Masterchef, Gourmês and Amanhecer. This cash & carry chain, which employs around 1,900 people, aims to respond to the needs of small retailers and the Hotel Industry and currently has more than 40 stores in mainland Portugal and Madeira including food service platforms.

Amanhecer, apart from the fact that is it a Private Label at Recheio, is the new project aimed at supporting small, independent food shops that Recheio launched in 2011. It is a business partnership between Recheio and small and medium-sized food shops that believe that traditional commerce, if provided with modern management principles and competitive conditions of purchase, can be reborn and have a sustainable future.

What is Biedronka?

Biedronka is the retail chain of Jerónimo Martins in Poland. Biedronka is the undisputed market leader in Poland, it is also the country's top-of-mind retail chain and has 2,667 stores.

What is the approximate number of employees of Jerónimo Martins?

The Jerónimo Martins Group employs more than 89,000 people in Portugal, Poland and Colombia.