The Jerónimo Martins Group operates in the Food Distribution and
Specialised Retail sectors.
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 Portugal, Poland and Colombia.
In the Distribution area, the Jerónimo Martins Group has 3,249
stores in the three countries in which it operates.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Jerónimo Martins Group employs more than 89,000 people in
Portugal, Poland and Colombia.