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Géant Casino

French hypermarket chain owned by Casino Group

Géant Casino (French pronunciation:[ʒeɑ̃kɑzino]) was a hypermarket chain based in Saint-Étienne, France, part of the French retailing giant Groupe Casino. It has been replaced by Casino #hyperFrais.[1]

In February , it had stores in France.[citation needed]


Géant opened its first hypermarket in In December , Géant Casino had about hypermarkets all over the world. The concept is, like most hypermarkets, to have all kinds of items available under one roof. A loyalty card system has been introduced by Géant, with a price discount on certain groceries. There are over two million Géant card-holders.

Géant Casino is the fifth largest hypermarket chain in the world and the fourth largest in France after Carrefour, thisisnl.nlc and Auchan.[citation needed]

In june , with the aim of re-emphasizing the food side of hypermarkets, and after the transfert of 29 hypermerkets to the brand Casino Supermarchés. The Groupe Casino announce the discountinuation of the Géant Casino brand in favor of the new brand Casino #hyparFrais.[1]

Géant in different parts of the world[edit]

Operations in the Middle East[edit]

Kuwait, Bahrain and UAE[edit]

Fu-Com joined with Groupe Casino to bring the Géant hypermarket brand to the Middle East where Géant opened its first store in Bahrain in May A store was opened in Dubai in and one in Abu Dhabi in at Yas Mall. Géant expanded its operations to Kuwait by opening a store in in Kuwait City.

Acquisition by Majid Al Futtaim Group

In , Dubai-based Majid Al Futtaim Group bought 26 Geant hypermarkets in the UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait by acquiring the Geant franchise owner Retail Arabia from BMA International for an undisclosed amount.[2] The acquired stores were rebranded as Carrefour and Carrefour Market depending on their store format or size.

Saudi Arabia[edit]

In April , Geant Saudi Arabia opened its first store in Riyadh after a franchise agreement between Groupe Casino and Fawaz Al Hokair Group.[3] By , Geant had 10 hypermarkets operating in the Kingdom.[4]


In Qatar, Groupe Casino joined with local supermarket chain Al Meera to open a hypermarket in Hyatt Plaza, and to sell Casino products in Al Meera stores.


In Egypt, there is now a Géant supermarket in New Cairo.


The first Géant supermarket in Libya was opened in April in Benghazi, with plans to expand in other cities.[5]

Countries where Géant is currently not operating[edit]

  • Lebanon: Géant had one hypermarket in Lebanon which was bought in late by Sultan Trading Center and replaced by The Sultan Center to be replaced by carrefour in upon its closure in Lebanon
  • Poland: Géant had nineteen hypermarkets in Poland, which were sold in late and early to the German company Metro AG and replaced with Real.[6][7]
  • Taiwan: Géant had several hypermarket locations in Taiwan in a joint venture with a Taiwanese company. After Géant pulled out of the country, the existing hypermarkets were renamed
  • Saudi Arabia: Géant operated several hypermarkets in the kingdom until when it was sold to the owners of rival Hyper Panda by the local franchisee partner of Géant France.[8][9]
  • Kuwait, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates: Géant easy Supermarkets and Hypermarkets currently does not operate in Kuwait, Bahrain and UAE. Géant, through a local franchisee partner operated 26 Géant stores across Kuwait, Bahrain and UAE. The chain was acquired by Majid Al Futtaim Group operated Carrefour in and all the 26 acquired stores in these countries were rebranded as Carrefour for its hypermarket branches and Carrefour Market for its supermarket branches.

Visual history[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ab"Casino&#;: bye-bye Géant, bonjour Hyper Frais". Olivier Dauvers (in French). Retrieved
  2. ^"Dubai's Majid Al Futtaim buys 26 Middle East Geant stores". Reuters. 29 June
  3. ^Ingham, David (19 May ). "Geant Saudi Arabia aims high". Arabian Business.
  4. ^"Geant launches store in supermarket style". Arab News. 30 September
  5. ^Senusi, Ibrahim (). "French Hypermarket Géant attracting lots of customers in its first Libya branch in Benghazi – more branches to open across Li". LibyaHerald. Retrieved
  6. ^Adam Jones, Elizabeth Rigby and Lucy Killgren, "Casino to sell Polish stores in deals worth €m", Financial Times, 18 July
  7. ^Metro AG: "METRO Group strengthens hypermarket business in Poland", Press release, 17 July
  8. ^"Saudi Savola expands retail chain with Geant buy". Reuters. 27 July
  9. ^Karam, Souhail (12 October ). "Saudi Savola completes Geant purchase deal". Arabian Business.

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