AMBITIOUS LULU GROUP OPENS ANOTHER SUPER-SIZED OUTLET IN SAUDI ARABIA
Lulu Group, UAE-based supermarket operator, has shown its ambition to continue expanding in the Middle East by debuting a huge store in Saudi Arabia.
Founded in Abu Dhabi in 1995 by an Indian businessman, Yusuff Ali, Lulu Group has opened a 100,000 square feet hypermarket in Saudi Arabia’s eastern region.
Highlighting the growing popularity of plant-based diets, the new store has a section dedicated to them and other foods, such as organic food and “free-from” foods, that are increasingly striking a chord with consumers.
In a statement, Mr Ali said the new store – bringing Lulu’s total in the country to 30, including several in the capital, Riyadh – showed that the group remained keen to invest in the country even following the challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We are proud to be a part of Saudi Arabia’s overall development and will continue to support sustainable development strategies,” he said.
Lulu Group has been described as one of the largest retails chains in the Middle East, with more than 200 hypermarkets in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
After launching in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, the group expanded into neighbouring Dubai and elsewhere in the region, competing with the likes of Spinneys.
As well as having supermarkets, Lulu Group develops shopping malls, and it was recently announced that the company would be pressing ahead with a major facility in the Indian city of Noida.
In other Saudi Arabian news, SIAL Paris Newsroom reported in December on the creation of Nomu by the merger of Jumlaty, a Saudi Arabian food-tech supply chain platform, and the Egyptian food delivery firm Appetito.
Main image: Shopping trolleys at a supermarket in the Middle East. Credit: Edoardo Soares / Unsplash