Tops Supermarket

Tops is a grocery chain in Thailand. Formerly part of the US-based Tops Markets LLC, the chain is operated under the name Tops Supermarket in Thailand by Central Food Retail, a subsidiary of Central Retail Corporation. In addition to Tops Supermarket, some branches are called Tops Superstore, Tops Market, Tops Market Food & Wine, Tops Daily and Central Food Hall. It is the largest supermarket chain in Thailand, and operates 120 stores nationwide.

Tops Supermarket
TypePrivate
IndustryFood retailing
Headquarters
Thailand
Websitewww.tops.co.th/en/

HistoryEdit

The company was established as CRC Ahold Co., Ltd. in 1996 by integration of Robinson Department Store and Central Group supermarket business and formed a joint venture with Royal Ahold Co., Ltd., a Netherlands-based supermarket operator. In December 1996 and 1998, Robinson sold all of its invested shares to Royal Ahold Co., Ltd.[1]: 21 

Tops bought all former Food Lion locations in 2004, after the American grocery chain pulled out of Thailand.[2]

Store typesEdit

  • Tops Plaza is a Shopping Center. In addition, there are main shopping centers such as Tops Superstore, Department Store, and cinemas. The first branch is Phichit since 22 December 2017
  • Central Food Hall premium grade supermarket. Recognized as one of "25 grocery stores around the world that you need to visit before you die" by The Canadian Grocer.[3]
  • Tops market & Tops market Food & Wine high-tier supermarket.
  • Superkoom mid-tier supermarket.
  • Tops daily convenience store size of 100–200 square meters.[4]
  • Tops Superstore premium grade hypermarket with size of 1,000-2,000 square meters.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Robinson Annual Report 2011" (PDF). Robinson. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Food Lion Supermarket Chain Quits Thailand". Agence France-Presse. 6 August 2004. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  3. ^ "25 grocery stores to visit before you die". Canadian Grocer. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  4. ^ "About Tops daily [sic]". Central Food Retail Co Ltd. Retrieved 4 February 2016.

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