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|Founder||Adolphe Leroy & Rose Merlin|
|Headquarters||Lezennes, Lille, France|
|France, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, China, Brazil, South Africa|
Do it yourself|
Groupe Mulliez (84 %)|
Employees (16 %)
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 on six main sectors: DIY, building, gardening, sanitary equipment, renewable energy, and interior decoration.
In 1923, Adolphe Leroy and Rose Merlin, associates in private and business life[clarification needed], 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.
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