Majid Al Futtaim acquires Retail Arabia, franchise owner of Geant in the Middle East

  • Acquisition includes 26 Geant hypermarkets and supermarkets in UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain as well as four Gulfmart supermarkets in Bahrain
  • Purchase in line with the company’s ambition to consolidate the Carrefour brand’s leadership position in the region

Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has announced the acquisition of Retail Arabia, the franchise owner of 26 Geant stores across the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait as well as four Gulfmart supermarkets in Bahrain. The deal has been agreed between Majid Al Futtaim and Retail Arabia’s parent company BMA International.

All of the acquired stores, which include hypermarkets, supermarkets and convenience stores, will be rebranded under Carrefour. This will see Carrefour extend its leading position in the UAE by increasing its store count from 67 to 80, while in Bahrain and Kuwait, it will further establish the brand as one of the largest grocery retail operators by increasing its stores to 11 and 8 respectively. Majid Al Futtaim has confirmed that all Retail Arabia’s employees will be retained following the acquisition and empowered to deliver Carrefour’s world-renowned customer experience.

Alain Bejjani, Chief Executive Officer at Majid Al Futtaim – Holding, commented: “This acquisition is a major milestone for Majid Al Futtaim, one which further cements Carrefour’s position as the largest and most successful grocery retailer in the region and beyond. We are open to further prospects, through both organic growth and opportunistic acquisitions, and will pursue these in line with our disciplined strategic and financial approach. Our ambition is to expand our physical as well as our digital presence, and reinforce our omni-channel offering.”

Bejjani added: “Carrefour is a brand already synonymous with quality, affordability convenience and a diligence to offer exceptional customer experience. By extending its reach, we will deliver these promises to more customers in more locations, while enhancing
Majid Al Futtaim’s overall ability to fulfil its vision of creating great moments for everyone, everyday.”

Majid Al Futtaim was advised by Perella Weinberg Partners on the transaction.