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Origins and History

The history of the Group started with a young entrepeneur called Jerónimo Martins, who opened a small store in Chiado in 1792. After more than 220 years, the Group is a food specialist, with presence in 3 countries in 2 continents.

The History of the Group in Episodes

How everything started How everything started In 1792, a young man with a great entrepreneurial spirit arrived in Lisbon from Galicia. His name was Jerónimo Martins. The young Galician opened a small store in Chiado which quickly became the most ‘in fashion’ store of the capital. View Episode
Pingo Doce: the beginning of modern distribution Pingo Doce: the beginning of modern distribution In 1978, the Jerónimo Martins Group made one of the boldest decisions in its history, the decision to get into the Modern Food Distribution business with the setting up of Pingo Doce. In 1980 the first Pingo Doce supermarkets opened their doors. View Episode
Pingo Doce: conquering the preference of the portuguese Pingo Doce: conquering the preference of the portuguese Between 2002 and 2009, Pingo Doce tripled the number of stores and becomes the leading supermarket chain in the segment in Portugal. In 2012, the May Day holiday was celebrated by Pingo Doce with the greatest promotional offer ever seen in Portugal. View Episode
Biedronka: the challenge of internationalisation Biedronka: the challenge of internationalisation In 1994, Alexandre Soares dos Santos identified Poland as the ideal country to start the internationalisation of the Jerónimo Martins Group. This entry occurred with the purchase of the cash-and-carry chain Eurocash, starting Operation Ladybird. View Episode
Recheio: the power of wholesale distribution Recheio: the power of wholesale distribution In 1988, the Jerónimo Martins Group realised that there was a unique opportunity to enter the world of Wholesale food distribution. As such, it purchased the chain of four Recheio stores and the Group entered the cash & carry sector in addition to the food retail segment. View Episode
Falling and knowing how to get up Falling and knowing how to get up Between 1999 and 2004, the Jerónimo Martins Group experienced its most difficult period during its centuries-old history. In 1999, and for the first time, a Portuguese company issued a profit warning, informing investors that the results would come in lower than expected. View Episode
Biedronka: a new Poland, a new leadership Biedronka: a new Poland, a new leadership The year 2007 was marked by the opening of store number 1000 of the Biedronka chain, consolidating its position of leadership in Poland. In 2015, Biedronka celebrated its 20th anniversary. Today, it is the largest supermarket chain in Poland. View Episode
Recheio: a market leader Recheio: a market leader In 1996, Recheio innovated once again, becoming the first wholesaling chain in Portugal to supply hotel, restaurant and café owners, in addition to the existing Traditional Retail clients. View Episode
Amanhecer: hand-in-hand with traditional trade Amanhecer: hand-in-hand with traditional trade In 2009, the project for the Amanhecer stores was born, as Recheio’s own brand for the Traditional Retail business. It emerged as a concept of neighbourhood store which would revolutionise the old grocery stores and the way we look at them. View Episode
Ara: a new geography, a new challenge Ara: a new geography, a new challenge In 2011, the Group announced its new international destination for investment: Colombia. On March 13, 2013, it opened the first tiendas ARA, in the Coffee Growing Region of Pereira. Three years later, it is present in three regions, including Bogota. View Episode