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Supermarkets in Spain - statistics & facts

Supermarkets and hypermarkets are Spain’s favorite venue for grocery shopping. Latest figures show that approximately 60 percent of all grocery expenditure takes place on these premises. Mercadona, a supermarket chain founded in 1977 in the Region of Valencia, has expanded significantly in recent years, reaching a dominant 25 percent of the industry’s market share and clocking up more than 1.6 thousand stores in Spain, as well as ten establishments in Portugal.

Mercadona, an example of success

In 1977, the Roig family founded Mercadona to turn their butcher's shops in Valencia province into a grocery business. They could not imagine that the brand would become the leading supermarket chain in Spain and one of the country's leading companies in sales revenue. And the fact is that, since its foundation, it has not stopped growing. In Spain and Portugal, more than five million households chose Mercadona to buy food and other products.

One of the reasons for Mercadona's sales success is its private label products. Other reason, however, Mercadona's business model is also one of its main hallmarks. Within this, the fundamental pillar in its stores is the motivation and involvement of the 89 thousand employees. Indeed, the company usually offers a permanent contract and an average monthly salary of over 1.3 thousand euros, depending on the position.

The other leading chains

Carrefour's Spanish subsidiary has been Mercadona's follower in recent years, with the second-highest market share of supermarkets in Spain. In particular, Carrefour is the second supermarket brand in revenue and the number of employees, with a workforce of approximately 54 thousand people in 2020.

However, Lidl overtook DIA in the third position in the supermarket chain's market share in Spain. The German discounter culminates an increase in its sales of approximately 4.4 billion euros. This growth has been based, among other things, on the development of organic products.

Interesting statistics

In the following 5 chapters, you will quickly find the 30 most important statistics relating to "Supermarkets in Spain".

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