Zaandam, the Netherlands - Albert Heijn will come within reach of customers in more villages and towns in the Netherlands now that Ahold has reached an agreement with Jumbo regarding the transfer of 78 C1000 and 4 Jumbo stores. The majority of the stores are owned by entrepreneurs; four are company-owned stores.
Out of the 82 stores, 57 are located in areas where Albert Heijn does not currently operate. In the other locations, customers will be able to buy their daily groceries from an Albert Heijn store closer to them.
“This is a great step in the year that we celebrate our 125th anniversary. Albert Heijn wants to be the personal supermarket for every customer. We’re therefore going to do our absolute best to surprise and delight our customers with our wide product assortment, competitive prices, fresh promotions, and of course the best service – in these stores, as in all our others,” says Sander van der Laan, Chief Operating Officer Ahold Europe.
“This step gives us the opportunity to combine strong local entrepreneurship with the power of the Albert Heijn formula. Customers will be able to shop at stores in areas where – until now – we’ve not been able to serve them conveniently.”
The list with the exact locations of the 82 stores will be published as soon as the respective entrepreneurs have been informed by Jumbo of its plans.
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