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French Carrefour brand comes to Kazakhstan

Carrefour - FRENCH chain of stores, the second by market capitalization after the American retailer Wal-Mart Stores. Founded in 1963, the company owns hypermarkets, supermarkets, discounters, Convenience and wholesale shops around the world.

The first store in Kazakhstan French chain Carrefour, according to partner De Buro Beimhana Muratbek will open in Almaty in October this year.
Beimhan Muratbek.
- Within 5 years, the company plans to open 15 stores in Kazakhstan. Grocery Stores French chain Carrefour in the Kazakhstan plant of the company MAF Hypermarkets Kazakhstan (Carrefour) (a division of the Arab company Majid Al Futtaim - the owner of the franchise to the opening of stores Carrefour. - F), - he said.
F: Where exactly is going to open its first store in Almaty?
- The first Carrefour is housed in a new shopping center with the working title Grand Park Almaty, which is now being built on the site of Almaty Cotton Plant near Armada (at the intersection of Kabdolov (ex. Marechek) and Altynsarin). Pass it must be in the fall, and it will work in October, respectively, at the same time open Carrefour. The area of this shopping center, including Armada, will be equal to 280 thousand sq. M. m, of which primerno12,5 thousand sq. m. m takes Carrefour.
F: Carrefour opens in Russia in 2009. However, three months after the opening of the first store network of the French left the Russian market, citing a lack of prospects - both for organic growth and acquisitions, and thus capture a leading position. Is there enough of the prospects for the market of Kazakhstan?
- In our country, the market is quite narrow, there is not a lot of strong and stable players, one of which is a network of Magnum. Our market is not fully saturated with similar stores, and place it still is. Moreover, Magnum is in the format Cash & Carry, and Carrefour - in a different format. Of course, coming to our market, the French network will face our two main features - a small population and vast territory. However, I believe, MAF Retail and it took into account. I do not think that Carrefour will fail in Kazakhstan.
F: Will RETAIL redistribution of the market in connection with the Carrefour outlet in Kazakhstan?
- I do not think. Our market, as I said, is not fully occupied. But it may be local difficulties as Carrefour is located near the Magnum and METRO, in terms of geographical location may be competition.
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