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Champion was a supermarket chain that operated in France and owned by the international retailer Carrefour. There were also Champion supermarkets in Belgium, Spain, Poland, Greece, Turkey and Argentina.
In 2006, Carrefour closed most Brazilian Champion stores and rebranded the remainder to the Carrefour Bairro. Also, all Spanish and Turkish Champion supermarkets were rebranded as Carrefour Express in 2006; some of them became Maxi DIA.
In 2008, Champion was the second largest supermarket chain in France, its annual turnover was €13.5bn. There were over 1,000 stores and 45,000 employees.
In 2008, it was announced that most stores would be rebranded to Carrefour Market between September 2008 and October 2009.
In 2009, there were 135 supermarkets, in 2011 there were less than 100 stores.
Champion in Belgium
In Belgium, the Champion stores are owned by Carrefour and Groupe Mestdagh. In 2009, there were 67 Champion stores. From 2013, it was decided by Carrefour that most Champion stores in Belgium would be rebranded as Carrefour Market-Groupe Mestdagh.
- "Champion - Our stores". Groupe Mestdagh (in French en français). Retrieved 5 July 2013.
- Official site (French)
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