Number of locations
|199 (August 2011)|
|Products||Fresh foods, Processed foods, Daily goods, Electric home appliance, clothing and miscellaneous|
Lotte Mart is an east Asian hypermarket that sells a variety of groceries, clothing, toys, electronics, and other goods, with headquarters in Japan and South Korea. Lotte Mart is a division of the Lotte Co., Ltd. which sells food and shopping services in South Korea and Japan. Lotte Mart, part of the Korean conglomerate "Lotte", opened its first branch at Guui-dong, GangByeon, Seoul, Korea on April 1, 1998. In 2006, Lotte Mart opened its first overseas branch. As of August 8, 2011, Lotte Mart had 199 branches (92 branches in Korea, 82 branches in China, 23 branches in Indonesia, and 2 branches in Vietnam). The brands that Lotte created and sell include Herbon, Wiselect, Withone, Basicicon, Tasse Tasse, and Gerard Darel.
In December 2007, Lotte Mart bought out Makro, an established supermarket chain from the Netherlands. By purchasing Makro, Lotte Mart was able to gain access to the Chinese market. This was the first time Korean retail had entered the Chinese market. There are now 82 branches of Lotte Mart in China.
Continuing their expansion plans, in October 2008, Lotte bought PT Makro Indonesia. PT Makro Indonesia ran 19 stores in Indonesia. This was also the first time Korean retail had entered the Indonesian market.
Toys R Us
Lotte Mart made a licensed contract with the biggest toy store in the world Toys R Us in December 2007. The first Toys R Us opened in South Korea on December 8, 2007. It was opened in the 37,000 square feet Lotte Mart Guro Branch in Seoul, Korea. Other Toys R Us locations are in Guri, Incheon, Samsan, and Jamsil. These Toys R Us offer an extensive collection of toys, children’s clothes, and baby products from around the world. The Lotte Mart Company planned to open 20 more Toys R Us stores by 2012.
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