Amazon, Voulez-Vous Carrefour Avec Moi? – Forbes

An advertising panel for Carrefour in Calais. Photo PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images

The notion that Amazon could be interested in buying the hypermarket chain Carrefour was floated today by a European business magazine.

Alexa, tell me about this Carrefour outfit.

Here’s what you need to know, Mr. Bezos. It’s French, but you knew that, right? The started in Annecy in 1960, and today they have 12,000 stores called hypermarkets in 30 countries. And almost 400,000 people on payroll.

Alexa, they sound a bit like Costco or Walmart. What’s their market cap?

Nothing you can’t handle, Mr. Bezos. About 13 billion euros. That’s less than you just paid for Whole Foods, and they’ve only got 440 stores.

Alexa, are they even for sale?

Hard to say, sir. But they’ve got a great footprint across Europe, if you’re looking at getting into the European food market. Remember, sir, that more than 95 % of food sales in Europe is made in brick-and-mortar stores.

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