Merger of Piccadilly, Carrefour Chains in Bulgaria Falls Through

Business | July 20, 2015, Monday // 21:30| Views: | Comments: 3
Bulgaria: Merger of Piccadilly, Carrefour Chains in Bulgaria Falls Through File photo by BGNES

A merger between the owner of Bulgarian supermarket chain Piccadilly and Carrefour’s franchisee in the country has been called off, on Monday.

According to KMB BV, the company holding the Carrefour franchise in Bulgaria and owned by Greece’s Marinopoulos Group, the merger won’t proceed.

"KMB BV will continue to manage its network autonomously with new experienced management team that will immediately put into force the action plan for the continued development of operations, setting customer needs at the center of the company's business ", quoted KMB BV as saying in a statement.

Piccadilly Executive Director Tanya Koseva-Boshova commented that the proposed merger had failed due to unfavourable economic conditions, Sofia-based 24 Chasa daily said.

 “The merger just didn’t happen,” 24 chasa quoted Koseva-Boshova as saying.

“The deal was planned but it didn’t close and the two companies remained separate entities what they have always been.”

The proposed merger between Piccadilly’s owner AP Mart and KMB was announced in November last year. 

Under the plan, AP Mart and KMB agreed to set up a joint venture and increase its capital by BGN 46 M.

The merger would have created a retail chain with a combined turnover of BGN 452 M, over 75 stores in Bulgaria and more than 3,000 staff.





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VillaGuy - 22 Jul 2015 // 03:41:25

Maybe from a few chains, but Piccadilly is quite an upmarket chain even next Sainsbury's, Careefour on the other hand, what a poor example of a supermarket. Whether in France or anywhere else.

Jerry - 22 Jul 2015 // 01:40:53

We need more quality in the supermarkets and organic products.

Putin - 21 Jul 2015 // 10:10:58

Carrefour is dead in the water, no wonder the mafia owners of Piccadily didn't want to consumate the relationship.

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