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First Géant hypermarket opening in Qatar on Sunday



French hypermarket chain Géant will open its first store in Qatar on Sunday at Hyatt Plaza, Al Meera Holding has announced.

Qatari-owned retailer Al Meera is opening the store in partnership with  French company Groupe Casino. The mall’s new hypermarket will replace Giant Stores, which Al Meera acquired in November 2011.

Géant is reportedly the world’s 5th largest hypermarket chain, with shops in nearby Bahrain, UAE and Kuwait. It will likely go head-to-head with its larger French competitor Carrefour, as well as regional chain Lulu.

The announcement also stated that the Géant store would offer “a surprise that will be revealed on the day of the opening.”

Last year, Al Meera said it would be opening branches of UK bookseller WH Smith here, including at the Hyatt Plaza Giant Stores. So the surprise could well be Qatar’s first WH Smith bookstore opening, too.

If you head over there on Sunday, let us know what you find.

Credit: Photo courtesy of Al Meera

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