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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 Food Distribution area?

In Food Distribution, the Jerónimo Martins Group had 3,398 stores in Portugal, Poland and Colombia by the end of 2016.

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 chain of neighbourhood supermarkets in Portugal. By the end of 2016, its network was comprised of 413 stores in both 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 Brands, 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 catering industry and, by the end of 2016, had 42 stores in both mainland Portugal and Madeira, including food service platforms.

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

What types of products can be found in Hussel stores?

Hussel is a store that specializes in chocolates and sweets offering a wide variety of products, 300 of which are permanent and 200 are seasonal, in particular truffles, pralines, confectionery, biscuits, hard candies, chocolate bars and figures, chewy sweets and lollipops, among other things. A selection characterized by its great variety, originality and accessibility, with a wide range of prices.

Present in Portugal since 1990, as the result of a joint venture between Jerónimo Martins (51%) and the German specialised retail group Douglas AG (49%), Hussel currently has 24 stores located mainly in the country's major shopping centres.

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 network and, by the end of 2016, had 2,722 stores.

What is the approximate number of employees of Jerónimo Martins?

The Jerónimo Martins Group, by the end of 2016, employed more than 95,000 people in Portugal, Poland and Colombia.