When discussing the top retail businesses of the world, supermarkets are undoubtedly worthy of mention. Earlier, people could hardly purchase anything of their choice easily but this scenario is no longer the same. Supermarkets have made life and purchase decisions easier and here are the top supermarkets spread across the entire globe.
Top Supermarket Brands of the World
Metro Cash & Carry
Metro Cash & Carry is a German multinational wholesaler chain founded in 1964. Its headquarters is in Germany and this supermarket chain has mandated membership to make purchase from it. This supermarket chain mainly sells the household goods which are non-durable or more commonly the fast moving consumer goods, with the targeted customers being the restaurants, hotels and other traders.
The Walmart Inc is a multinational supermarket chain founded in 1962. Its headquarters is in the state of Arkansas, US, and is the biggest employer in the private sector of the country. In terms of the revenue earned, Walmart is the largest company which is spread across 27 countries in the world and operating more than 11500 stores globally.
This Australian multinational supermarket chain is owned by the Woolworths groups founded in 1924. This supermarket chain sells a variety of products such as cosmetics, household commodities, stationeries, baby products and many others, but it specialises in groceries. This supermarket chain has more than 900 supermarkets across the globe and 43 convenience stores.
LuLu Group International
This is a hypermarket chain founded in 2000 and is Indian-owned. The headquarters of this chain is in Abu Dhabi, UAE. This is one of the top 50 fastest growing retailers across the globe and has 188 stores in total. The LuLu group is the largest chain of retailers in Asia and the Middle East.
This French retailer is a multinational chain founded in 1958. In France resides the headquarters of Carrefour. This multinational chain specialises in cash and carry products and warehouse club products and operates in about 12300 locations across the world. The Carrefour group also has launched many products labelled under it and sell them at lower prices.
The 7-Eleven is a Japanese-American convenience store chain and the largest operational one in Japan. It was founded in 1927 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. This convenience store chain specialises in the products such as gasoline, candies, coffee, dairy, snacks and many others. It is spread across 17 countries and operates more than 68000 licenses and franchises in those countries.
FamilyMart is the second largest convenience store chain operational in Japan. It has its headquarters in Tokyo and is founded in the year 1973. 24243 stores are spread across this wide world. This convenience store chain specialises in groceries, magazines, comics and beverages. FamilyMart is also one of the fastest growing businesses of today.
Lidl Stuftung & Co. KG
Lidl is a chain of supermarkets which is native to Germany. Founded in the 1930, the headquarters reside in Neckarsulm, Germany. It has more than 28000 stores across the European countries and the United States. In terms of the sales, Lidl is the fifth largest retailer in the world.
SPAR is a retail stores chain native to the Netherlands which is now a multinational franchise across the globe. It was founded in 1932 and is headquartered in Amsterdam. It has 13112 stores worldwide. The SPAR chain owns supermarkets, hypermarkets and convenience stores in different countries and the products ranges from groceries to armaments.
Tesco is a multinational groceries and merchandise retailer which is a British owned company. It was founded in 1919 and its headquarters is situated in Hertfordshire, UK. In terms of the revenue earned, Tesco acquires the ninth position in the list of the largest retailers in the world. It has 6800 shops across Europe and Asia.
This is a merged Dutch-Belgian supermarket chain founded in 2016. This supermarket chain is spread across the United States, Europe and Asia. It operates around 6500 stores in the countries where this company has its outlets. The Ahold Delhaize group owns convenience stores, hypermarkets and online groceries, drugs and liquors stores besides supermarkets.
This multinational retailer has its origin in France. It was founded in the year 1961 and has its headquarters in Croix, France. This retailing chain has 4084 supermarkets, hypermarkets and convenience stores spread across 11 countries. This is also the 35th position holder in the list of the top employers in the world.
Costco Wholesale Corporation
Costco is a US based multinational retailer chain founded in 1976. The headquarters of Costco is in Washington. Costco is one of the largest corporations in the US according to Forbes in terms of the total revenue earned. It is also the second largest retailer in US, the first being Walmart. It has 785 stores across the world.
Kaufland is a Germany based chain of hypermarkets spread across some of the European countries. Its headquarters is located in Neckarsulm and the chain was founded in the year 1984. Kaufland is also planning to open a new store in Australia and it operates about 1200 stores in the European countries. Kaufland sells products at a discounted price than the typical market prices.
This supermarket chain has its origin in Denmark and spread across many European countries. It was founded in the year 1981 and is headquartered in Koge, Denmark. Netto employs around 7000 workers and is specialised in selling discounted supermarket products. Netto has around 1300 stores in the countries where it has its franchise.
Whole Food Market Inc
This is a chain of supermarkets with its origin in US. It was founded in the year 1980 and has its headquarters in Austin, Texas. This chain has its outlets in Canada and UK as well. This supermarket chain is specialised in selling non-hydrogenated fats products and products with no added preservatives and colours. There are total 507 stores of this group in the three countries.
This group of retailers is a chain of retail corporations spread in some of the European countries. Ljubljana, Slovenia houses the headquarters of Mercator. This chain has 1051 stores operating in some of the Central and East European countries and is one of the largest business bodies in Slovenia.
Country: South Korea
The Lotte Mart is a chain of hypermarkets that was established in 1998 whose origin is in South Korea. This hypermarket chain has its outlets in other Asian countries and operates 199 stores in total. This hypermarket chain specialises in the sale of groceries, toys, clothes and electronics and in offers a wide range to select from.
This Austrian supermarket chain was founded in the year 1953 and is spread across many European countries. This supermarket chain operates around 2000 stores in the countries where it has its outlets. There were more stores of this supermarket chain which were operational, but they have been sold to other supermarket chains such as SPAR and Carrefour.
The Aeon supermarket chain is owned by the Aeon industry which was founded in 1758. The headquarters of the Aeon retail stores is in Chiba, Japan. The Aeon group run number of supermarkets, hypermarkets, retail stores and warehouse clubs specialising in a wide ranging variety of products in many of the Asian countries.
Four Square Supermarket
Country: New Zealand
The Four Square supermarket chain has its origin in New Zealand. This supermarket chain is headquartered at Auckland, New Zealand, and it was funded in the year 1924. This supermarket chain also operates many stores in Australia. The Four Square supermarkets can mostly be found in the small towns. There are around 280 stores operated by Four Square.
Kesko Corporation is a Finnish company operating multiple industries. It has its headquarters in Helsinki and was founded in the year 1940. Kesko Corporation runs numbers of supermarkets, hypermarkets, retail stores and many other groups. This particular brand is spread across several European Countries. Its specialization is multitudinous, starting from food and ending to auto sales.
The Maxima Group is a retail stores chain whose origin is in Lithuania. It has its headquarters in Vilnus, Lithuania. There are around 500 stores in operation in Lithuania and some other European countries and this group employs about 29500 employees. The Maxima Group also has many private label products available at their stores.
Parkson Holdings Berhad
The Parkson is a Malaysian chain of departmental stores founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Malaysia. It is spread in China, Mayanmar, Indonesia and Vietnam as well. The Parkson in total has 131 stores in the countries where it has its franchise.
Migros is the largest chain of retailers in Switzerland which was founded in 1925 and is headquartered in Zurich. Migros also occupies a position in the list of the largest 40 retailers in the world. The variety of products available in Migros supermarkets is wide ranging. Besides Switzerland, it also has outlets in Liechtenstein, France and Germany.
Aldi is a multination chain of supermarket selling discounted products. This chain of supermarket originated in Germany. It was founded in the year 1946, but was split into two after fourteen years. Its headquarters are situated in Essen and Mulheim in Germany. The supermarket chain operates more than 10000 stores spread across 20 countries.
This supermarket chain has its origin in Hungary and was founded in the year 1992. The headquarters of this supermarket chain is in Alsonemedi, Hungary. Spread across 10 European countries, this chain operates around 5200 stores and specialises in groceries, bakeries and wines.
The Dunnes Stores is one of the most popular supermarket chains in Ireland which was founded in the year 1944. Its headquarters is situated in Dublin. This supermarket chain is a multinational chain spread in UK and Spain as well. This store specialises in the sale of foods, clothes and other household products. This supermarket chain operates around 139 stores in total.
More commonly known as Leclerc, this is a French hypermarket chain that operates in more than one nation. It was founded in the year 1948 and is headquartered in Ivry-sur-Seine, France. This hypermarket chain operates more than 600 stores in total. The specialisation of this chain is extremely multitudinous.
This is a chain of retail stores whose origin is in Finland. The oldest as well as the largest Stockmann store is situated in Helsinki. This retail store chain operates in four European countries with around 10 stores in total. Besides, the Stockmann group also own Lindex which is a fashion chain having its origin in Sweden and has more than 450 stores across the world.
Kroger is an American chain of retail stores that was founded in the year 1883 in Cincinnati, Ohio. This is the largest supermarket chain in US in terms of the total revenue earned. This chain operates more than 2400 stores across the country. This supermarket chain is specialised in a wide range of products and also has launched numerous private labelled products, too.
Big Bazaar is an Indian hypermarket chain spread across different cities in India. It was founded in 2001 and has its headquarters in Mumbai, India. This hypermarket chain is specialised in the sale of numerous products, starting from groceries and ending to jewelleries. This chain also operates discount departmental stores where the products are sold at a price lower than the market price.
This American supermarket chain is one of the biggest distributors of food in the US and is also known for the sale of groceries. This company was founded in the year 1917 and has its headquarters in Michigan. This chain operates multiple stores in almost all the states in the US and also has its outlets in countries in Europe, Middle East and Latin America.
Overwaitea Food Group
This Canadian supermarket chain was founded in 1915. The headquarters of this store is in Langley, British Columbia. The Overwaitea Food Group operates around 145 grocery stores under different brand names in the country. This group has also launched various rewards for its customers. It has also employed about 15000 workers under it.
Sainsbury’s is one of the largest and most renowned supermarket chains in the UK. It was founded in 1869 and has its headquarters in London. Sainsbury’s has numerous hypermarkets, supermarkets and convenience stores across the UK. It runs 1415 shops in total across the country. It is specialised in a variety of products and runs cafes and fuel courts too.
Spencer’s Retail is one of the most famous supermarket chains in India. It was founded in the year 1863 and is headquartered in Kolkata, India. It is spread across about 35 cities in India and operates 120 stores in total. It is specialised in a wide range of products and has launched many private brands too.
Coles Supermarkets is a supermarket chain owned by the Coles group. It was founded in 1914 and has its headquarters in Melbourne, Australia. It is a chain of supermarkets, consumer services and retail stores, employing around 100000 workers in total. Alongside its rival Woolworths, it also has captures the lion’s share of the Australian market.
Country: New Zealand
Foodstuffs is a supermarket chain in New Zealand in 1922. It has managed to gain the share of about 53% of the grocery market in New Zealand, having only a single rival, namely the Woolworths NZ. It is specialised in a wide range of products, but it is primarily known for its groceries and liquor collections.
Marks and Spencer
This is a British multinational retailer chain that was founded in 1884. London houses the headquarters of this brand. This supermarket chain is mainly known for selling food products and operates 959 stores in UK. Out of all the stores in UK, 615 stores are solely known for selling food items. Besides food items, household items and clothing are also sold by this supermarket chain.
This supermarket chain is one of the most renowned one in the Middle East. It was founded in 1924 in Alexandria, Egypt. This supermarket chain is mainly specialised in groceries. Prior to 1950, it only specialised in meats and sausages and had a slaughterhouse of its own.