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History

1977
Francisco Roig Ballester (1912–2003) and his wife Trinidad Alfonso Mocholí (1911-2006) start up Mercadona’s operation as part of the Cárnicas Roig Group. What had been family-run butcher shops become grocery stores.
1981
Together with his siblings Fernando, Trinidad and Amparo, Juan Roig and his wife purchase Mercadona from their father. The company had 8 stores boasting approximately 300 m2 of retail space. Juan Roig assumes control of the company, and it starts to operate as an independent business.
1982
First Spanish company to use scanners to read bar codes at points of sale.
1986
Introduction of the credit cards, free of charge for “The Boss”.
1988
Opening of the Riba-roja de Turia (Valencia) logistics block, the first fully automated distribution centre in Spain. Acquisition of Superette Supermarkets, which had 22 stores in Valencia.
1989
Acquisition of the company Cesta de Distribución y Desarrollo de Centros Comerciales, allowing for the company to establish a presence in Madrid.
1990
Juan Roig and Hortensia M. Herrero become the company’s majority shareholders.
1991
Acquisition of Dinos and Super Aguilar. Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is started in conjunction with suppliers
1992
The company reaches 10,000 employees and 150 stores.
1993
Introduction of the Always Low Prices (SPB) commercial strategy, which would later evolve into the Total Quality Model.
1996
Launch of the Hacendado, Bosque Verde, Deliplus and Compy brands. Supermarket number 200 opens in Segorbe (Castellon). The company’s first collective agreement is signed for the benefit of all employees.
1997
Joint venture agreement with Almacenes Gómez Serrano in Antequera (Malaga).
1998
Acquisition of Almacenes Paquer and Supermercados Vilaro, both in Catalonia.
1999
Completion of the process whereby all staff contracts are made permanent, which had started in 1995; at that time, the number of employees stood at 16,825. Opening of the Antequera (Malaga) logistics block. The project for a new design and model for the cosmetics section is started.
2000
Construction of the Sant Sadurni d’Anoia (Barcelona) logistics block. The first Atmosphere Store opens in Massanassa (Valencia). The first Integrated Supplier Meeting is held. The Company’s (2001-2005) Collective Agreement is signed.
2001
Inauguration of the first free nursery school for employees’ children at the Sant Sadurni d’Anoia (Barcelona) logistics block. The opening of its first store in Linares (Jaen) marks Mercadona’s store number 500.
2003
First company to carry out an Ethical Audit. Opening of both the San Isidro (Alicante) logistics block and the company’s second nursery school. Launching of the Hortensia H. range of perfumes. Opening of a supermarket in the Mercat de l’Olivar facilities in Palma de Mallorca.
2004
Opening of the Huevar (Seville) logistics block, and the company’s third nursery. The Management Committee decides not to open the supermarkets on Sundays as a general rule.
2005
Introduction of Mercadona’s new uniform. Opening of the Granadilla de Abona (Tenerife) logistics block. Signing of the new Collective Agreement for the following four years (2006-2009).
2006
The Company’s twenty-fifth anniversary. Opening of the company’s 1000th store in Calp (Alicante). Relaunch of the Mercadona Credit Card with a new image.
2007
The first phase of the Almacén Siglo XXI logistics block comes into operation in Ciempozuelos (Madrid). The company ranks fourth in the world in terms of Corporate Reputation, according to the New York Reputation Institute survey.
2008
Mercadona realigns with the Total Quality Model, fifteen years after its implementation. Shopping Cart Menu to offer “The Boss” the finest and cheapest Total Shopping on the market. Opening of the Ingenio (Gran Canaria) logistics block.
2009
Back to basics for an effective selection by providing added value for “The Boss”. Signing of the new Collective Agreement and Equality Plan (2010-2013).
2010
Human Resources management model based on Leadership and the Culture of Endeavour and Hard Work: the keys to being a high-performance, high-productivity Company.
2011
Mercadona celebrates thirty years of its sustainable model based on promoting the growth of the company’s five core components. Charging for plastic bags is introduced, in accordance with the National Integrated Waste Plan.
2013
Signing of the Collective Agreement and Equality Plan for 2014–2018. Redefining ourselves to be more like shopkeepers. Implementation of new fresh products sections. The Mercadona starts developing the Sustainable Agri-Food Chain. Opening of the Guadix (Granada) logistics block.
2014
Opening of the 1500th supermarket in the city of Santander, in the neighbourhood of Cazoña. The new Data Processing Centre in Albalat dels Sorells (Valencia) comes into operation.
2015
New Training and Services Centre in Albalat dels Sorells (Valencia). Mercadona’s radical innovation model is internationally acknowledged.
The Mercadona Project continues to move forward...