Kopeika was founded in 1998 with 38 stores. The grocer gained wider prominence when it was taken over by the ill-fated Yukos oil giant in 2002. On the latter's demise a controlling stake was sold to NIKOIL. In 2006 50% was sold on to another local chain by which time there were 267 stores and 4 distribution centers.
In 2010, Kopeyka was acquired by competitor Pyaterochka, part of the X5 Retail Group, for $1.65 billion. By the end of 2011, 616 Kopeyka stores had been rebranded and 44 stores had been shut down.
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- "Moscow Times - Yukos take over". 2002-01-21. Retrieved 2007-12-31.
- "RUSSIA: NIKOIL PICKS UP KOPEIKA". Retrieved 2007-12-31.
- "Reuteurs -Seventh Continent, X5 Bid for Russian Kopeika". 2006-12-05. Retrieved 2007-12-31.[dead link]
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- Kopeika English website
- Property Magazine International - X5 Retail Group completes acquisition of Kopeyka discounter
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