Lulu Hypermarket

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LuLu Hypermarket L.L.C.
Limited liability company
FounderYusuff Ali M.A.
Number of locations
159 stores
Area served
Key people
Yusuff Ali M.A. (Founder and Managing Director)
RevenueIncrease$6.3 billion (2016)
ParentLuLu Group International,

LuLu Hypermarket is an Indian business owned hypermarket chain and retail company headquartered in Abu Dhabi. It was founded in 2000 by M. A. Yusuff Ali who hails from Nattika, Thrissur district in Kerala, India. Lulu Hypermarket is one of the divisions of Indian multinational conglomerate company "Lulu Group International" from Kerala. LuLu has over 40,000 employees of various nationalities.[1][2]

It is one of the largest retail chains in Asia and is the biggest in Middle East with 154 outlets in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. Lulu Hypermarket is administrated by LuLu Group International which also have 13 malls all over the GCC Countries, LuLu International Shopping Mall largest mall in India along with Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Kochi in the same Lulu campus and largest mall in Malaysia. Research firm Deloitte, recently placed it amongst the world’s 50 fastest growing retailers.[3][4] Lulu has also started Lulu Convention Centre in Thrissur which is spread across an area of 18 acres (73,000 m2) with a built-up area of 160,000 square feet (15,000 m2). Lulu's project of Lulu Bolgatty International Convention Centre in Bolghatty Island is one of the largest Convention Centre in South Asia[5] along with the third largest Grand Hyatt branded hotel[6] in the same campus. In 2016, M. A. Yusuff Ali, founder of Lulu, purchased the Scotland Yard Building in London.[7] According to 2013, Yusuff Ali hold 9.37 per cent share in Cochin International Airport.[8] Lulu Group International has bought a 10 per cent stake in the UK-based trading firm, East India Company, and a 40 per cent stake in its fine foods subsidiary for around $85 million in total.[9][10][11]


LuLu Group International opened its first supermarket in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in 1995, when the retail business scenario in the region started to change with the entry of Continent (now Carrefour). Later, more LuLu Supermarket stores were opened in different parts of Abu Dhabi There are also several Lulu stores found in the Emirate of Dubai. In the late 1990s, the LuLu Center department stores were launched, and the group expanded to other countries in the Middle East.

In 2000, the first Lulu Hypermarket store was opened in Dubai. With this launch, the Group embarked on an aggressive expansion plan. It soon grew into a chain with several outlets across the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, and Yemen. On March 10, 2013, LuLu Hypermarket was opened in Kochi, India at LuLu Mall which is the largest shopping mall in India.[12][13][14] LuLu group also plans to invest Rs 1,000 crore to set up an international convention centre, a five-star hotel and a mall in Lucknow, India.[15] They have also started construction of Lulu mall in Trivandrum, which on completion will be the second biggest mall in India after the one in Kochi.[16]


Around the Middle East[edit]

As of November 2017, there are 138 LuLu Hypermarkets in the GCC countries, one in India at Kochi, Kerala[17] and one each in Malaysia and Indonesia.


In April 2013, LuLu Group launched its UK operations in Birmingham with the inauguration of a logistics and packaging facility under the name, Y International. The 20,000 sq ft facility procures and exports food, non-food, chilled and frozen products of British origin to LuLu Hypermarkets spread across the Gulf countries. Date coding and labeling for different countries, translation of labels, Halal and other relevant certifications are also carried out here. About 60 British nationals are employed at the facility which hopes to create 200 jobs soon.[18] In May 2014, following the visit of Prime Minister Najib Razak to United Arab Emirates, a memorandum of understanding between Lulu Hypermarket and the Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA) was signed for the establishment of ten Lulu Hypermarkets in Malaysia.[19][20]


Country First store Number of stores
 United Arab Emirates 2000 Numerous stores across 7 emirates.
 Oman 2005 19
 Bahrain 2007[21] 7
 Saudi Arabia 2009[22] 6
 Kuwait 2007 6
 Qatar 2000 6
 Egypt 2010[23] 1
 India 2013[24] 2
 Yemen 2006 1
 Indonesia 2016 2 [25]
 Suriname 2016[19][20] 1 [19][20]
 Malaysia 2016[19][20] 1 [19][20]
 Bahamas 2016 2
 Philippines TBA[26] TBA

LuLu co-branded credit cards[edit]

LuLu Hypermarket has partnered with banks in the Middle East to create co-branded cards that help loyal customers gain special privileges and rewards every time they shop. The ADCB LuLu Credit Card in association with the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) helps users gain points on every AED 1 spent at any Lulu outlet in the UAE.[27]

The LuLu Doha Bank Shopping Credit Card in association with Doha Bank gives cardholders a 5% rebate on every purchase made from a LuLu outlet in Qatar. Shopping points can also be accumulated and redeemed on purchases.[28]


Lulu Hypermarket is owned by the parent company LuLu Group International.[29] LuLu Group International also owns Twenty14 Holdings, which owns hotels across the world.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Middle East Retailer Yusuff Ali Emerges As Billionaire". Forbes. Retrieved 2013-02-24.
  2. ^ "YUSUFFALI M.A."
  3. ^ "LuLu Hypermarket | Supermarkets | Department Stores". Retrieved 2015-11-18.
  4. ^ "Lulu named fastest growing retailer". Arab News. Retrieved 2013-02-02.
  5. ^ Ritz Magazine
  6. ^ Hyatt
  7. ^ The National
  8. ^ Time of India
  9. ^ Gulf News
  10. ^ Yusuffali. com
  11. ^ The National
  12. ^ "India's largest mall in Kochi: Lulu Mall". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2013-03-12.
  13. ^ "India's largest shopping mall in Kochi, Kerala". Yahoo News India. Retrieved 2013-03-12.
  14. ^ "India's 10 biggest malls". Retrieved 2013-04-24.
  15. ^ The Economic Times
  16. ^ "LuLu to build India's second biggest mall for $300m in Kerala". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 2017-04-11.
  17. ^ "Lulu to open 100th outlet in RAK". Emirates 24/7. Retrieved 2012-04-22.
  18. ^ "LuLu opens logistics centre in Birmingham". Trade Arabia. Retrieved 2013-04-07.
  19. ^ a b c d e Sarah Diaa (19 May 2014). "Lulu Hypermarket to open 10 outlets in Malaysia". Gulf News. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  20. ^ a b c d e "LuLu Group to open 10 Malaysia outlets". Gulf Daily News. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  21. ^ Bahrain: First LuLu hypermarket in Manama inaugurated
  22. ^ Business - First Lulu Hypermarket Opens in Saudi Arabia
  23. ^ Lulu hypermarkets opens first store in Egypt - UAE -
  24. ^ Lulu opens the biggest mall in India at Kerala
  25. ^ "Lulu opens its first departmental things to the very under below of the rajeev stores in champakkara with ments cutoof ad fz rpm cut in Indonesia". Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  26. ^ Manila Standard
  27. ^ "Lulu Co Brand Card". ADCB.
  28. ^ "It's time to CELEBRATE Shopping". Doha Bank. Retrieved 2013-11-20.
  29. ^ "How Adeeb Ahamed of the LuLu Group is foraying further with food, toys and fashion". The Economic Times. 20 August 2017. Retrieved 16 January 2018.

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