Système U

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Système U
Private
Industry Retailing
Founded 1894; 123 years ago (1894)
Headquarters Rungis, France
Key people
Serge Papin
Products Super U, Marché U, Super U, Utile
Revenue Increase $19.692 billion (2009)
Website http://www.magasins-u.com/

Système U is a French retailers' cooperative, comprising about eight hundred independent hypermarkets and supermarkets, headquartered in the Parc Tertiaire SILIC in Rungis, France.[1]

It owns the trademarks Hyper U, Super U, Marché U and Utile, which are used by its members. It had a pre-tax turnover of 12.7 billion euros in 2002 and 13.8 billion in 2003,[2] rising to 15.6 billion euros in 2007; this makes the company the sixth largest retail group in France.[citation needed]

It is directly descended from the Pain Quotidien ('daily bread') cooperative which was founded in western France in 1894. It arranged a strategic alliance with the larger E.Leclerc supermarket group in 1999.

The sub-brands[edit]

A Super U store in Nantes.

There are three brands found within Système U:

  • The largest (in size terms) is the hypermarket Hyper U, which accounts for 15.89% of the group. There are 48 Hyper U stores, which account for a total of 239,293 square metres of retail space (at an average of 4,985 square metres per store). The average spend per trip is €43.60.[3] These are generally found outside larger towns, but normally as stand-alone structures (rather than as part of a shopping centre)
  • The next brand down (in terms of size) is Super U which accounts for 79.58% of the group. There are 672 Super U stores, which account for a total of 1,355,004 square metres of retail space (at an average of 2,016 square metres per store). The average spend per trip is €33.30. These are typical supermarkets, and are found either in the centre or on the outskirts of smaller towns. Again they exist as standalone structures.[3]
  • Within city centres (and in rural areas), there are smaller stores known as Marché U (subdivided once again into Marché U and Marché U Urbaine), which account for 4.53% of the group. There are 143 Marché U stores, which account for a total of 104,468 square metres of retail space (at an average of 730 square metres per store). The average spend per trip is €17.00.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mentions Légales." Système U. Retrieved on 20 November 2010. "Système U Centrale Nationale - Parc Tertiaire SILIC 72/92, avenue Robert Schuman - 94533 Rungis Cede."
  2. ^ "Direction générale de la compétitivité, de l'industrie et des services | Direction générale de la compétitivité, de l'industrie et des services" (PDF) (in French). Pme.gouv.fr. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  3. ^ a b c Système U corporate website

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