Metro Cash and Carry

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Metro Cash And Carry
Industry Wholesale
Founded 1964
Headquarters Düsseldorf, Germany
Key people
Olaf Koch, CEO
Products Fast-moving consumer goods
Revenue 31.6 billion (2012)
Number of employees
~ 100,000 (2012)[1]

METRO Cash & Carry is an international self-service wholesaler. It operates across Europe and in some countries of Asia and Northern Africa. It is the largest sales division of the German trade and retail giant Metro AG.

METRO Cash & Carry is different from B2C retail chains (such as Walmart, Carrefour or Tesco) in that its business concept is targeted towards professional customers rather than end consumers. The cash-and-carry concept is based around self-service and bulk buying. METRO Cash & Carry serves to registered customers only. Core customer groups are hotels, restaurants, caterers, traders and other business professionals.

International operations[edit]

As of February 2015, METRO Cash & Carry is operating over 750 stores in 27 countries:[2]

Makro logo
METRO in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Country First wholesale center Number of wholesale centers
 Germany 1964 107
 France 1971 93
 China 1996 80
 Russia 2001 80
 Italy 1972 49
 Poland1 1994 41
 Spain1 1972 37
 Ukraine 2003 33
 Romania 1996 31
 Turkey 1990 28
 Vietnam 2002 19
 India 2003 23[3]
 Netherlands1 1968 17
 Belgium1 1970 15
 Bulgaria 1999 14
 Czech Republic1 1997 16
 Hungary 1994 13
 Austria 1971 12
 Portugal1 1990 10
 Serbia 2005 10
 Greece1 1992 9
 Japan 2002 9
 Pakistan 2007 9
 Kazakhstan 2009 8
 Croatia 2001 7
 Slovakia 2000 6[4]
 Moldova 2004 3

Expansion plans[edit]


1 operates under the brand name Makro


The first two METRO Cash and Carry stores in Bulgaria opened in Sofia and Plovdiv on 18 March 1999. As of 2013 the company operates 14 stores in 12 cities (including 3 Metro KOMPAKT stores):[5]

Metro KOMPAKT stores in Bulgaria:


On 30 January 2015, the Greek part of the chain was bought by Sklavenitis.[6]


The first METRO Cash & Carry wholesale center in India opened in Bangalore in 2003. Currently there are 16 wholesale centers in operation, including three in Bangalor.[7] and two in Hyderabad,[8] of which one was opened on 30 November 2006. The first Mumbai store was opened in 2008 at Bhandup.[9] The Kolkata store located at Kalikapur, EM Bypass was opened in 2008. A Metro Cash & Carry store was opened at Ludhiana city in Punjab in the first week of September 2011, located on the Jallandhar Bypass road. The second store in Mumbai was opened on 17 November 2011, near Western Express Highway, Borivli (E). In the beginning of 2012 Metro opened 2 more stores in northern India including one in New Delhi and one in Jaipur, with plans to open more.

Metro has stores in the following cities:[10]



Metro Cash and Carry located in Karachi, Pakistan. (May 1, 2010)

Metro Cash and Carry opened its first wholesale center in the city Lahore on October 31, 2007. Second store was opened in the Pakistan's capital Islamabad on April 3, 2008. The year 2009 marked the opening of three more Metro Cash and Carry centers in Lahore, Karachi, and Faisalabad, bringing the total number of stores at 5.[11] In 2012, with the merger of Makro into the brand, the total number of METRO stores in Pakistan stands at 10.


The first Makro Cash and Carry stores were opened in Warsaw, Gdynia and Łódź in 1994. Now the company has 41 stores in the following places:[12]


Makro Cash & Carry is present in Portugal since 1989. The expansion of the company was extremely fast and at the end of the first year of activity, Makro was leading the industry. The then innovative concept of "all under one roof" offer represented a key weapon in this growth, since it gave customers the possibility to purchase in one place everything they needed for their businesses, both in food and non-food areas. The first store opened in Portugal was installed in 1990 in Alfragide (Lisbon) and today the company has eleven operating units in the main urban and economic centers of the country. Currently Makro Cash & Carry Portugal is second only to its main competitor, Recheio, a wholesaler belonging to Jeronimo Martins Group. Makro Cash & Carry Portugal does not want to be a mere supplier, but a complete partner to its customers, and therefore several initiatives are presented seasonally to all customer segments on Makro's portfolio of customers.

The company is present in the following cities since:


Metro hypermarket in Berceni, Bucharest. (April 29, 2008)

METRO Cash and Carry was one of the first international food and non-food retail chains to enter the Romanian market, opening its first store in 1996 in Bucharest, near Henri Coandă International Airport.

As of 2013, it operates 32 stores in 24 major cities across the country and is one of the most well-known chains.[13] Metro has stores in the following cities:


The first Metro Cash and Carry store in Serbia opened in Belgrade in 2005. As of 2011 the company operates 7 stores in six cities:

Belgrade stores are located in Zemun, Krnjača and Vidikovac.


The first METRO Cash & Carry stores in Turkey opened in İstanbul in 1990. The company currently operates 30 stores in the following cities:



The first Metro Cash and Carry store in Vietnam opened in Ho Chi Minh City in 2003. As of 2014 the company operates 19 stores in six cities:

In 2014 Metro Group signed an agreement to sell its subsidiary in Vietnam to the Thai group Berli Jucker worth EUR665 million (US$889 million), according to Metro Cash and Carry Vietnam. Under the deal, Berli Jucker will take over Metro's wholesale trading in Vietnam as well as Metro Cash and Carry Vietnam Company including 19 supermarkets and other properties.[14]

Former international operations[edit]


Denmark was one of the first countries, METRO Cash & Carry expanded its operations to and the first store opened in 1971 in the Copenhagen suburb of Glostrup. Since then stores has been opened in Aarhus, Kolding, Sydhavnen in Copenhagen and Aalborg in chronological order. The store in Sydhavnen, Copenhagen, will relocated over the coming years, as the area has been rezoned from industrial zoning to residential/commercial zoning. MCC Denmark was one of the first countries to begin operating delivery services out of the stores and today MCC Denmark has its own fleet of trucks and cover all of Denmark with it delivery service. METRO left Denmark in December 2014.[15]


On May 18, 2008, METRO Cash & Carry announced its market entry into Egypt under the MAKRO brand name. The first store opened in June 2010 and the second in October 2010.[16] Both stores were closed some time within 2013-2015, as the company started withdrawing from loss-making markets.


From 1964, for this supermarket chain, there was two different logos. The first logo of supermarket chain has been in use from 1964 to 2004, and the second and current logo is in use from 2004.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "METRO Cash & Carry". Retrieved 2015-09-24. 
  2. ^ "METRO Cash & Carry". Retrieved 2015-09-24. 
  3. ^ "Maintenance". Retrieved 2016-09-08. 
  4. ^ [1] Archived January 21, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Магазини". Retrieved 2015-09-24. 
  6. ^ "Ολοκλήρωση της εξαγοράς της Makro Cash & Carry από τη Σκλαβενίτης". Retrieved 2015-09-24. 
  7. ^ Archived June 22, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ [2] Archived June 13, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ [3] Archived July 9, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^
  11. ^ [4] Archived November 4, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "Hale MAKRO". 2015-09-15. Retrieved 2015-09-24. 
  13. ^ "Metro Cash&Carry România va avea de la 1 decembrie un nou director general - Mediafax". Retrieved 2015-09-24. 
  14. ^ "METRO GROUP signs agreement to divest its wholesale activities in Vietnam". 7 August 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  15. ^ "METRO Cash & Carry sells parts of the Danish business to Euro Cater". 2014-10-10. Retrieved 2015-09-24. 
  16. ^ "مترو | TOP-LEVEL". Archived from the original on February 16, 2013. Retrieved 2015-09-24. 

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