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Retail

One of the largest and most
successful in Europe

Julius Meinl Grocery

Over 5 generations, the Meinl family used its skill, patience and deter-mination to build the Julius Meinl grocery retail business into one of the largest and most successful in Europe.

This investment was monetised between 1999 and 2005.

Grocery Timeline

1862

Julius Meinl opens its first store in Vienna selling green beans and later roasted coffee

1897

Julius Meinl expands into delicatessen and grocery operations

1900

Julius Meinl follows the Austro-Hungarian empire to expand across CEE, becoming Europe’s largest retailer

1918

End of WWI and break-up of Austro-Hungarian empire

1939

Across Europe, Julius Meinl has more than 600 owned stores, 400 franchised and production facilities – many are destroyed in WWII

1945 bis1989

Iron Curtain reduces Julius Meinl to its remaining Austrian operations and a small number of Italian stores

1989

Julius Meinl sells its Austrian discount stores

1990

Julius Meinl acquires 51% of Csemege, the largest grocery retailer in Hungary

1992

Julius Meinl International IPOs and enters Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia as well as eventually growing Csemege (with ownership increased to > 90%)

1996

Austria joins the EU, eliminating trade barriers with other EU countries and ending protection of its domestic market

1996 bis 2000

Julius Meinl sells its remaining food production activities

1999

162 of Julius Meinl’s 256 Austrian stores are sold to REWE. Csemege, now with 174 stores, is sold to Delhaize

2000

All but one of Julius Meinl’s remaining 94 Austrian stores are sold to Spar. Meinl am Graben, the flagship Vienna store is retained. The 10 Italian stores are sold

2005

Julius Meinl International sells its 67 Czech stores to Ahold and its 9 Polish stores to Tesco

european expansion

The Julius Meinl grocery store network expanded beyond the Austro-Hungarian Empire, across the whole of CEE

Julius Meinl Grocery Store network

Austro Hungarian Empire

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