Largest supermarket chains in Belgium 2020, by shop floor area

Which supermarket chain is Belgium’s leading food retailer? Well, the answer to that question depends entirely on your own definition. Depending on whether you measure shop floor area, turnover or number of stores, you might come up with a very different answer. Based on shop floor area, Belgium’s leading supermarket chain in 2020 was Carrefour Market, with over 560 thousand square meters of shop floor. Colruyt came second, with a shop floor area of roughly 433 thousand square meters. However, despite a considerably smaller shop floor area, Colruyt was significantly more successful than Carrefour in terms of turnover. In 2018, Colruyt’s turnover was 8.9 billion euros, whereas Carrefour reached a turnover of ‘just’ 4.6 billion euros that year.

 Chains by number of stores

  Carrefour’s shop floor area made up nearly 28 percent of the total shop floor area of supermarket chains in Belgium. Colruyt held 17.5 percent of the shop floor area. Per square meter of shop floor area, Colruyt made approximately 15,800 euros, much more than for example Delhaize, another food retail chain. Unfortunately, no figures regarding the sales per square meters were available for Carrefour.

 Chains by number of stores

  With regard to the number of stores, Carrefour’s main competitor was not Colruyt, but German hard discounter ALDI. In 2019, Belgium counted both 441 ALDI stores. By comparison, with 233 supermarkets Colruyt was only the sixth largest supermarket chain in the country based on the number of stores.  

Leading supermarket chains in Belgium in 2020, by shop floor area

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January 2020



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Supplementary notes

The source defines the shop floor area as the floor area of the store which is visible and available to the public.

Locatus registers a retail outlet as a retail chain when "there are more than 7 outlets of the same brand worldwide, or when the business has more than a hundred employees (and less than 7 branches)"

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