Leroy Merlin

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Leroy Merlin SA
Type Subsidiary
Industry Retail
Founded 1923
Founder(s) Adolphe Leroy & Rose Merlin
Headquarters Lezennes, Lille, France
Area served France, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, Turkey, China, Brazil
Products Do it yourself
Home improvement
Garden Supplies
Parent Groupe Adeo
Subsidiaries Aki, Bricocenter, Weldom
Website Leroy Merlin

Leroy Merlin is a French home-improvement and gardening retailer serving thirteen countries.

Generally established on the outskirts of major towns and cities, Leroy Merlin stores are large centres (9000 m2 on average) providing self-service and sales assisted services. Its business is centred around six main sectors: DIY, building, gardening, sanitary equipment, renewable energy, and interior decoration.[1]

History[edit]

In 1923, Adolphe Leroy and Rose Merlin, associates in private and business life, opened a business of American surplus. Strengthened by this first success, they decided to sell DIY products and supplies at moderate prices. In 1960, the firm was named Leroy Merlin. It became a precursor, as it was the first company to offer free delivery services.[2]

Business units[edit]

  • Aki
  • Bricocentre
  • Weldom
Leroy Merlin in Kalisz, Poland

Renewable energy[edit]

Superstore installations[edit]

Spanish electricity utility Endesa has installed a 100 kWh solar plant, covering 1.700m² with 670 photovoltaic panels, for Leroy Merlin at its superstore in Rivas Vaciamadrid, Spain.

Products[edit]

Leroy Merlin stocks ICP Solar Technologies Sunsei solar chargers and related products. It is estimated that Leroy Merlin will purchase approximately $0.4 million of ICP Solar's chargers in 2009.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.leroymerlin.com/html/en/voca.htm
  2. ^ http://www.leroymerlin.com/html/en/histo.htm
  3. ^ http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/partner/icp-solar-technologies-1274/news/article/2008/11/icp-solar-targets-europe-for-sales-expansion-in-2009-54107

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