Jakarta: The Middle Eastern retail major, LULU Group opened its 2nd hypermarket at BSD City, Tangerang, Indonesia today. Located at the QBig, the new Lulu hypermarket was inaugurated by Himawan Hariyoga, Chairman of Investment Board of Indonesia, Dr. Sutisno Rawita, Deputy Governor of Banten Province, Walid Darwish Al Raeesi of UAE Embassy in Jakarta, Yusuff Ali MA, Chairman of Lulu Group and other top govt. officials.
LuLu , which opened its first hypermarket and department store in the capital city of Jakarta last year, is firm on its planned investment of US$500 million as part of its expansion and intends to set up 10 hypermarket and department stores in the next three years in the country.
Speaking to media Yusuffali MA, Chairman of LULU Group said “the tremendous response for our first LULU Hypermarket opened last year in Cakung has encouraged us to further expand our operations in Indonesia and we plan to open another 8 new hypermarkets in coming years”.
The first LuLu Hypermarket and Department store in the country, was inaugurated by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, has fast become a highly popular shopping destination for residents in and around East Jakarta thanks to its high-quality products, vast product range and competitive pricing.
“With an initial investment of $300 million in the first phase, we plan to open 10 hypermarket and department stores by the end of 2018 and a central logistics and warehousing facility in Jakarta. These projects are likely to generate more than 5,000 job opportunities for Indonesians,” said Yusuf Ali MA, chairman of LuLu Group,.
“We also plan to set up contract farming to ensure continuous supply of high-quality products and to support the Indonesian agriculture sector,” he added.
With an area of over 200,000 sq. ft., the new store has got wide aisles for easy shopping with a range of world-class products and brands which includes Fresh Food, Hot food, Bakery, Roastery, Grocery, Household, Electronics, Appliances among others. A special section is devoted for promoting local products and agricultural sector.
“Our new hypermarkets will come up in Sentul & Jababeka and will generate new employment opportunities for atleast 3000 Indonesians.
Apart from setting up hypermarkets, Lulu group has also invested substantially in contract farming to increase their procurement from Indonesia for their global operations across the Middle East, Africa and India.
Kuwait city: The Middle East retail major, LULU Group further consolidated its presence in Kuwait by opening their 7th Hypermarket in Al Jahra this morning. The new hypermarket was formally inaugurated by General R. Fahad Ahmed Al-Amir, Governor of Al Jahra in the presence of Ramadan Khalaf al Harbi, Mayor of Al Jahra, Yusuffali MA, Chairman of Lulu Group and other top officials.
Ideally located at the Jahra Mall in Al Jahra, the 130,000 sq. ft. hypermarket is easily accessible from nearby suburbs and residential areas. Apart from the usual world class features and product range, the new lulu hypermarket also boasts of many key features such as enhanced space for Free From range products, local produce section and organic products.
Ideally located in the Al Jahra Industrial Area, the 130,000 sq. ft. hypermarket will serve the residents of Jahra city and its surrounding areas with its widest range of products from all over the world. Apart from this, the new lulu hypermarket also boasts of many key features such as enhanced space for Free From range products, local produce section among others. It has separate sections for fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, dairy products, ready-to-eat products and a state-of-the-art live bakery and Hot Foods kitchen. The product mix in Lulu Al Jahra will also include a wide selection of premium UK and US goods, including special products air-flown for freshness. and also boasts of many key features such as enhanced space for Free From range products, local produce section and organic products.
Speaking to media during the inauguration ceremony, Yusuffali MA said "Kuwait has been a very key market for us and we have been always bullish about the market scenario here. The positive response we have been receiving from day one have been very encouraging and we intend to continue build on our success and explore new opportunities here."
"The Kuwaiti economy is very stable and forward-looking under the wise leadership of HH Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Emir of this great country. We intend to contribute to the all-round growth here, including new investments to providing job opportunities to the Kuwaiti youth."
Other top dignitaries present at the event were, Indian Ambassador Sunil Jain, Lulu Group Executive Director Ashraf Ali MA, CEO Saifee Rupawala, COO Saleem VI, Regional Director Mohd. Haris.
Jubail: Lulu Group has opened its latest store with the opening of Lulu Express – "Fresh Market" in Galleria Mall Fanateer Dist., near Jubail city in the Kingdome of Saudi Arabia. The Lulu Express was officially inaugurated by Mr. Abdul Aziz Bin Abdulla Al Msned - General Manager, General Service Sector - Royal Commission in the presence of several high-ranking officials from Royal Commission and Mr. Yusuff Ali M.A., Chairman and Managing director of LuLu Group Mr. Saifee Rupawala, CEO, Mr. Ashraf Ali, Executive Director, Mr. Althaf, Director and other senior officials of LuLu Group and besides of that several dignitaries from local business communities were also presented in the event including with a large number of residents.
The new Lulu express is spread over an area of about 40,000 Sq. feet and will serve the residents of Fanateer District and its surrounding areas with easy access and ample parking.
The store offers an ultra-modern shopping ambience by integrating all conceivable needs like Grocery goods, fresh food, butchery, fish as well as Department store sections such as footwear, Sportswear, Home appliances, IT products and Mobiles.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman, Chief Executive of Emirates Airlines & Chairman of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority DSOA, the regulatory body for Dubai Silicon Oasis DSO, the integrated free zone technology park, today unveiled the commemorative plaque and laid the foundation stone for Silicon Mall, the new 2.3 million square feet shopping mall by the LuLu Group International LuLu Group, one of the top retailers in the Middle East, at the hi-tech park. The total investment on this new project is expected to be around Dhs. 1 billion.
The ceremony was attended by Dr Mohammed Alzarooni, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DSOA, Yusuff Ali MA, Chairman and Managing Director of LuLu Group International as well as senior management from DSOA, and the Lulu Group.
Speaking at the event, Dr Mohammed Alzarooni said: “We have tremendous respect for companies, small and large, that have been instrumental in fostering the momentous growth of Dubai and the UAE. Dubai Silicon Oasis is one such entity that has not only created an enabling business environment for corporations, but has also encouraged partnerships with like-minded entities that share its vision and proactively contribute to the local economy.
He added: “We are proud to announce that LuLu Group has chosen to locate its upcoming mega mall within the premises of this hi-tech park. Construction of the mall - which is currently underway - will be completed by 2020, an important year when the nation expects to welcome approximately 25 million visitors hoping to enjoy the Dubai Expo 2020 and other unique national experiences and sights.”
Dr Alzarooni concluded: “We are keen on providing the utmost support, which position DSOA as an integrated community for its visitors, employees, and residents. We are pleased today to lay the foundation stone of Silicon Mall, which is on track with consumers’ preferences of retail environments and the latest in sustainable infrastructure. We are pleased to host Silicon Mall, the LuLu Group’s newest shopping mall project. We believe it will provide residents and tourists of all ages with a unique shopping and entertainment experience. The new architectural project fits seamlessly with Dubai Silicon Oasis’s objective of driving constant innovation and creativity.”
Speaking to media at the ceremony, Yusuffali MA, said: “Silicon Mall is our most ambitious project in the UAE to date, and we intend to make it the most interesting and exciting mall in Dubai. Work on the project will be completed in a period of 30 months, just in time for the launch of Dubai EXPO 2020.”
He added: “The UAE is poised for strong economic growth and I am very optimistic about the future, especially for the retail industry. The far-sighted and visionary leadership of this great country has planned many game-changing and innovative initiatives and we are delighted to be a part of this incredible success story.”
Leveraging best-in-class international standards and green building concepts, the Silicon Mall at Dubai Silicon Oasis will feature a futuristic façade that is set to serve as its unique value proposition. It will comprise sky-lit corridors for natural light harvesting on all floors. The mall will offer covered parking for up to 3,000 cars across two levels.
With easy and convenient access to the Dubai Expo site and the new Al Maktoum International Airport, the new shopping mall is poised to become a popular destination for both residents and tourists in Dubai’s vibrant retail landscape.
In addition to more than 300 international and local branded stores, and 12 anchor stores, the new shopping mall will also house the ever-popular LuLu Hypermarket and Department Store on two levels. Other key attractions include the biggest Family Entertainment Center spread across 70,000 sq. ft. and more than 50 F&B outlets and diverse entertainment and leisure offerings.
Dubai Silicon Oasis DSO is a technology park and provides an integrated living and working community. DSO's urban master-planned community spans 7.2 million square meters and has been carefully divided into five main pillars - industrial, commercial, education, living and residences, and public facilities. The technology park enjoys state-of-the-art utility infrastructure featuring advanced telecommunications, electricity, and road networks. It is home to residential and commercial facilities - schools, nurseries, community shopping centers, cafes, restaurants, healthcare, and wellness among others. DSOA recently announced the Silicon Park, a landmark development spanning 150,000 square meters - the first integrated smart city project taking shape at the hi-tech park.
Lulu Group has opened its latest hypermarket in the city of Hail, in the north-western province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Sunday.
The Hypermarket was officially inaugurated by Dr. Saud Hamood Al Bugami, Under Secretary of Hail province in the presence of several high-ranking officials from various government departments and representatives from local business communities. Yusuff Ali MA, Chairman of Lulu Group, Saifee Rupawala, CEO, Ashraf Ali Executive Director other senior officials of Lulu were also present at the event along with a large number of residents.
The hypermarket, which is 7th in Kingdom and 133rd of the group, is spread over an area of about 160,000 square feet and will serve the residents of Al Jamiyeen District and its surrounding areas with easy access and ample parking.
Speaking after the inauguration, Mr. Yusufali MA, said “we are very happy to unveil our latest hypermarket in Saudi Arabia which will bring world class shopping nearer to people. Our main emphasis is on showcasing the biggest range of “Free From” products such as Gluten free, lacto-free, sugar free, fat free, etc. that have been specially flown-in from our own sourcing offices in UK, US, Brazil and Far East.”
"The excitement surrounding the opening has been building among the residents of this region for several months, and we believe this store will be as popular with shoppers as our other existing stores” he added.
The new hypermarket showcases a fresh food section consisting of a wide assortment of fruits, vegetables, dairy products, poultry, meat and fish and a hot food and bakery section. There is also a huge area dedicated to department store, which includes garments, electronics, IT products, stationery and home appliances. The hypermarket also features the widest choice of world-class brands and product lines at the fairest prices. The hypermarket is tailored to meet the needs and modes of modern
day shopping with world class interiors and well-planned retail floor layout that are focused on customer convenience. The ample aisle space also ensures an uncluttered, fast and hassle-free shopping environment. The outlet also has extensively laid out counters and liberal parking space.
“We are very excited about the economic stability and growth prospects of Saudi Arabia under the visionary leadership of His Majesty Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia & Cutodian of Two Holy Mosques, His Royal Highness Muhammad bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, His Royal Highness Muhamed bin Salman Al Saud, Deputy Crown Prince.
“Vision 2030 is highly appreciated by the global business community and it will definitely transform the Kingdom into a global investment power & and the Government is extending great support to the business community”.
The Saudi manpower is very productive and hardworking and I have mentioned this in the recent World Economic Forum held at Davos” added Yusuff Ali M.A, the Chairman and Managing Director of LuLu Gorup.
With 3 stores in Capital Riyadh, 1 each in Jeddah, Al Khobar, Jubail, Dammam and 8 Commissaries in its entity, LULU has firmly established itself as one of the most preferred retail destination for both locals and the large expatriate community residing in the Kingdom.
LuLu Group has opened a new outlet in Qatar at Al Messila in Doha. The new hypermarket, located near Fariq bin Omran was inaugurated by the Chairman of Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassem bin Mohammed al-Thani. Prominent entrepreneurs of Qatar, Sheikh Khaled bin Hassan al-Thani, Hussain Alfardan, Ali Hussain Alfardan, Deputy Group President & CEO–Mena of Qatar Insurance Company Salem Khalaf al-Mannai, Ashraf Abou Issa,
Nabeel Abou Issa, Ghanem al- Kubaisi, along with the CEO of Doha Bank, Group, R Seetharaman and the Indian Ambassador Periyaswamy Kumaran were present for the occasion. They were also joined by envoys and many senior diplomats serving in Qatar along with several high ranking officials from various government departments and other representatives from local business communities.
The Chariman for LuLu Group, Yussuffali MA, CEO Saifee Rupawala, Director Mohammed Althaf and other senior executives of LuLu Group were among the others present at the event along with a large number of residents. The hypermarket which is the 132nd such venture by the group is spread over an area of about 150,000 sq.ft. The place will serve the residents of Al Messila and its surrounding areas with ample car parking services and easy access.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Yussuffali MA said, “We are happy to unveil our latest hypermarket in Qatar which will bring world class shopping nearer to people. Our main emphasis is on showcasing the biggest range of ‘free from’ products such as gluten-free, lacto-free, suagr-free and fat-free which have been specially flown in from our own sourcing offices in the UK, US, Brazil and Far East. The excitement surrounding the opening has been building among the residents of the region for several months, and we believe this store will be as popular with shoppers as our other existing stores.”
The new hypermarket showcases a fresh food section which consists of a wide range of fruits, vegetables, dairy products, poultry, meat, fish along with a hot food and bakery section. There is also a large area which focuses on the department store that includes garments, electronics, IT products, stationary and home appliances. The hypermarket will also feature a wide variety of world-class brands and product lines at the ‘fairest ‘prices. The hypermarket is tailored to meet the needs of modern day shoppers, thanks to the world class interiors and well planned retail floor layout which gives importance to customer convenience.
“We are very excited about the economic stability and growth prospects of Qatar, under the visionary leadership of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and we are fully committed to play our role in the further development of this great country,” Mr. Yussuffali added.
“LuLu Group has always been a one-stop shop for the multi-ethnic community in the region with an international assortment of products which cater to the tastes and preferences of every shopper. Knowing the customer’s needs and providing them with quality products at reasonable prices has always remained the secret behind the success of the group across the globe.” A spokesperson added here at the event.
Lulu Hypermarket opened its new hypermarket in Bidaya. The new hypermarket was officially inaugurated by H.E. Sheikh Hamoud Bin Nasser Bin Hamoud Al Hashmi – Wali of Suwaiq in the presence of several high-ranking officials from various government departments and representatives from local business communities. Yusuff Ali MA, Chairman of Lulu Group, Ashraf Ali MA, Executive Director, AV Ananth, Director Lulu Oman and India, Shabeer KA, Regional Director Oman and other senior executives of Lulu were also present at the event. A large number of local shoppers, all eager to check out the bargains in the new store, were also present at the event.
The hypermarket, which is the 19th store of the Lulu Hypermarket chain in Oman and the 131st store in the region, is spread over an area of about 75,000 square feet and situated in a prime location of Bidaya. Like every other store, the new hypermarket showcases a fresh food section consisting of a wide assortment of fruits, vegetables, dairy products, poultry, meat and fish and a hot food and bakery section. There is also a huge area dedicated to department store, which includes electronics, IT, stationery and home appliances. There is also plenty of offers to choose from the huge collection of latest electronics and IT gadgets at never-before prices.
Speaking after the inauguration, Mr. Yusuff Ali MA, said “We are happy to unveil our latest project in Oman for the convenience of residents in the remote areas of the country. We select all our projects based on the demographic and psychographic profiles of the customers in that area, and the Bidaya store is no exception. We thank His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said and the people of this country for the encouragement and support in developing all our projects.”
"The excitement surrounding the opening has been building among the residents of this region for several months, and we believe this store will be very successful in future. The new store will provide incredible offers on a range of products, thus enabling the residents to save a lot of money on their shopping bill over the coming years,” he added.
With about 131 stores, Lulu Group today is a highly diversified entity with operations spanning a vast geographical landscape. Understanding customers’ needs and providing them with quality products at fair prices have always remained the secret behind the success of the group throughout the world.
Rustaq : LuLu Group, region’s retail major has further strengthened its presence in the Sultanate of Oman by opening its latest hypermarket in the town of Rustaq in Al Batinah region.
The new Hypermarket which is also the 129th of the group was officially inaugurated by H.E. Sheikh Hilal bin Said Al Hajri, Governor of South Batinah in the presence of several high-ranking officials from various government departments and representatives from local business communities.
Yusuf Ali M.A., Chairman of Lulu Group, Saifee Rupawala, CEO, Ashraf Ali MA, Executive Director, AV Ananth, Director Lulu Oman and India, Shabeer KA, Regional Director Oman and other senior officials were also present at the event apart from a large gathering of local population. The newly opened hypermarket is also the 17th store of the group in the country.
Located in the prime area of Rustaq, the new store is spread an area of about75,000 square feet. The new store will feature will feature complete retail offerings including full groceries line, home appliances, electronics, IT Products, Stationery, sports, life style and fashion brands and services ancillary to the business of hypermarket under one roof.
Speaking on the occasion, Yusuff Ali MA, Chairman of Lulu Group said,” “We are glad to have unveiled yet another project in Oman, which clearly specifies that all our expansion strategies are fast progressing and are on track. It has been our policy to bring world class shopping experience closer to the people in the outskirts rather than making them drive long distance to bigger cities”.
“We thank His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said and the people of this country for the encouragement and support, which have always remained driving forces for us to set our goals and work towards it, he added.
Commitment is in line with UAE’s ‘Year of Giving 2017’
MOU is signed following a pledge made by Lulu in March 2017
Dubai: In the spirit of the month of Ramadan and the Year of Giving, Lulu Group International, the UAE-based fastest growing retail chains and Dubai Cares have extended their long-standing partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding MOU, whereby Lulu Group International commits AED 10 million to support Dubai Cares’ overarching mission aimed at positively impacting the lives of underprivileged children and young people in developing countries through education. Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares and Yusuffali MA, Chairman of Lulu Group International signed the MOU at Dubai Cares’ Office in Dubai.
Commenting on the partnership, Yusuffali MA said: “It is our great privilege to renew our support to Dubai Cares’ wonderful programs and initiatives, which continue to bring tangible change in the lives of millions of children and young people around the world. We have been associated with Dubai Cares since ten years and we look forward to continue our support for years to come. We are also thankful for the Rulers of this great nation for declaring 2017 as the ‘Year of ‘Giving’, which will certainly make the UAE one of the most charitable and benevolent countries in the world.”
Welcoming this generous contribution by Lulu Group International, Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares said: “We at Dubai Cares are proud to extend our partnership with Lulu Group International whose contribution is extremely valuable and will help us reach many more underprivileged children and young people and provide them the quality education they need to learn and prosper. What Dubai Cares has accomplished over the past 10 years, and what we aspire to achieve over the next 10 years and beyond, only becomes possible through the incredible generosity and support from partners and donors like Lulu Group International who genuinely believe in and support our cause and mission.”
Lulu Group International’s partnership with Dubai Cares spans over ten years, contributing mainly towards building schools in Gaza, Nepal and Lebanon as part of Dubai Cares’ “Adopt a School” initiative.
Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, is a UAE-based global philanthropic organization working towards providing children and young people in developing countries access to quality education through the design and funding of programs that aim to be integrated, impactful, sustainable and scalable.
Abu Dhabi: In an effort to support flood relief and rescue operations in Sri Lanka, UAE based retail giant Lulu group has donated an amount of US$100,000 15 million LKR to the National Floods and Landslide Victims Operation in Sri Lanka . S.J. Mohideen, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the UAE received the cheque from Yusuff Ali MA, Chairman of Lulu in Abu Dhabi in the presence of senior officials of Lulu Group and Sri Lankan Embassy in a function held at its head office in Abu Dhabi.
According to Yusuf Ali MA, "UAE has always been and is at the forefront in helping needy people worldwide and we have always supported the game changing philanthropy initiatives launched by the visionary rulers of this great country. We are currently witnessing the "Year of Giving 2017" initiative declared by HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE which further instills the value of giving and the importance of lending a helping hand to the disadvantaged people across the world".
"This natural calamity is one of the worst disasters in the history of Sri Lanka that resulted in the loss of number of lives and property. The world community has responded by supporting the people of Sri Lanka with an open heart and this noble gesture by Lulu Group is much appreciated and accepted with gratitude by the people of Sri Lanka", said S.J. Mohideen, Ambassador.
Lulu Group has recently opened its mega food processing and export unit, YAS LANKA PVT. LTD.in Katanayake, near the capital city of Colombo and is also planning to enter the island nation's retail market in a big way.
The Middle East retail giant Lulu Group expanded further in KSA with the opening of a new shopping mall and hypermarket in Hufuf, Al Ahsa Governorate. The Lulu shopping mall and the hypermarket was officially inaugurated by His Highness Prince Badr bin Muhammed bin Abdullah bin Jalawi Al Saudi, Governor of Al Ahsa in the presence of Adil Mohammed Al Mulhim,Mayor offal Aha and several high-ranking officials from various government departments and representatives from local business communities. Yusuff Ali M.A., chairman and managing director of LuLu Group Saifee Rupawala, CEO, Ashraf Ali, Executive Director, other senior officials of LuLu were also present at the event.
The hypermarket which is 9th in the Kingdom is spread over an area of more than 300,000 sq. feet and will service the resident of Salmaniyah District, Hufuf and its surrounding areas with easy access and ample parking. Apart from Lulu Hypermarket as anchor tenant, the new shopping mall also hosts H & M, Mother care, Starbucks, Swatch, Money Exchanges, Jewelries & food court.
He said the “plan is to open around 20 hypermarket by 2020 in KSA with immediate ones planned for Jedah followed by in Tabuk. Currently Lulu has 8 hypermarkets and 7 commissaries in KSA.
“We have to expand aggressively here as the Kingdom is investing heavily in various sectors which will surely spur all round growth,” Ali said.
The opening of the newest hypermarket saw the group, which is on a vast expansion mode, anchor itself firmly in the modern, customer-centric retail landscape of the Kingdom. More than 250 Saudi nationals work in the newly opened Lulu hypermarket out of a total of 400 employees. “As I mentioned earlier during World Economic Forum, the Saudi manpower is very productive, dedicated and hardworking”, said Ali.
“We attribute our success to the policies and visionary leadership of HM King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Custodian of the two holy mosques and Crown Prince HRH Mohammed bin Naif and Deputy Crown Prince HRH Mohammed bin Salman, the government and the people of this great country who have always given tremendous support to the business community and economic development. Ever since we set foot in the Kingdom, we have been welcomed warmly and have been supported by one and all” he concluded.
Deloitte has announced its Annual Global Retailers Report and LuLu Group has been ranked as the top retailer in the Middle East and one among the top 50 fastest growing retailers in the world.
With retail revenue of $ 6.2 billion and operations in nine countries across the globe, it is indeed a proud moment for LuLu Group which bagged the 27th position in the list of fastest growing retailers and 153rd in the top 250 Global Retailers list.
Chairman for LuLu Group, Yusuffalli M.A in his address following the announcement of the Deloitte ranking said here, “Today, it is completely a consumer-driven market and the shopper needs only the very best. We have been continuously innovating in all aspects of our business process, right from store layout to product offering and pricing structure. We see no slowdown in our industry and we intend to go ahead with our announced expansion plans. Currently, we have 133 stores which will reach 150 by mid-2018, with new stores coming up in almost all GCC countries.”
Source: Khaleej Times http://bit.ly/2lMdpxD and Deloitte: http://bit.ly/2kP0oET
UAE based LuLu Group which opened its first hypermarket and department store in Jakarta, Indonesia in January last year will be investing US$500 million on a major project in the country. The Project will include the setting up of ten new hypermarkets and department stores in the next three years across the country.
The first LuLu Hypermarket and Department Store was inaugrated by the Indonesian President, Joko"Jokowi"Wi dodo and it has become one of the most highly popular shopping destinations for residents in and around East Jakarta. Explaining the expansion plans of the company in Indonesia, Chairman of LuLu Group, Mr. Yusufali MA said:
"With an initial investment of $300 million in the first phase, we plan to open 10 hypermarkets and department stores by the end of 2018 and a central logistics and warehousing facility in Jakarta. These projects are likely to generate more than 500 job opportunities for Indonesians. We also plan to set up contract farming to ensure continuous supply of high quality products and to support the Indonesian agrarian sector."
During his visit to UAE in 2015, President Jokowi had exprsssed a keen desire to have a LuLu outlet in the country. He was impressed by the high standard of operation, quality and the wide range of products available at LuLu outlets. Lulu Group currently operates nearly 132 stores across the GCC, Egypt, India, Indonesia and Malaysia. It proviides employment opportunities for more than 40, 000 people from various nationalities and is also ranked among the largest retail chains in the Middle East
Lyndhurst, New Jersey: Lulu Group International, the Abu Dhabi headquartered retail and hospitality group further expanded their operations by inaugurating their food processing and logistics bases in USA. Y International, a wholly owned subsidiary of the group launched its operation in Lyndhurst, New Jersey this morning.
The world –class export center will purchase, process, re-label and export food, non-food, chilled and frozen products made in the U.S. In the first phase there are 75 employees which is expected to eventually grow to 200 to 250 employees within I year.
The facility was formally inaugurated jointly by Mayor Robert B. Giangeruso, Mayor Michael J. McPartland and VINAI THUMMALAPALLY, the Executive Director of SELECT USA in the presence of Yusuffali MA- Chairman, Saifee Rupawala, CEO, Ashraf Ali MA – Executive Director and Mohd. Althaf – Director of LULU Group. Attendees at the ribbon cutting, including local and foreign officials as well as members of the Indian-American business community from around the country, were thrilled by the impact the company can have throughout the state.
In his remarks Yusuffali MA thanked the officials of SELECT USA, CHOOSE NEW JERSEY and State & county officials for their great support in helping LULU launch their maiden venture in USA.
Speaking to media during the ceremony Choose New Jersey CEO and President Michele Brown said "In addition to bringing new jobs to our state, Y International's export center will give New Jersey and U.S. manufacturers the opportunity to reach new markets in the Middle East and beyond.”
The US$ 6.6 billion turnover Lulu Group, operates hypermarkets, supermarkets and shopping malls, in addition to wholesale distribution, food processing and hospitality with operations in 37 countries, including the GCC, India and Far East. The company has a 32 percent market share in the Middle East.
Brown said New Jersey is a perfect fit "Our state is so diverse we have populations from so many different countries,” she said. “We felt they would feel both welcome and at home. The business they will be conducting out of this site is meeting American companies to buy goods and products to then export to their own consumer base,” she said. “We have literally thousands of companies in food in New Jersey."
New Jersey, Brown said, is also home to companies in the apparel and consumer goods industries, which could serve the needs of the company’s Hypermarkets.
“Our group has been importing U.S. products for a long time to cater to more than 700,000 shoppers who come to our 131 hypermarkets daily," Yusufali added highlighting the longstanding relationships between Lulu and farmers and manufacturers in the country, with a special emphasis on California. “There has been growing demand for U.S. products throughout our retail chain stores, across the GCC, India and Far East” he concluded.
As per the latest report by Deloitte International, LULU is ranked among the Top 10 fastest-growing retailers in the world.
An official from the Kingdom of Bahrain embassy in Washington D.C., Mohamed Bahzad, said Ali's company, aside from being successful, also is known for its corporate social responsibility. Bahzad said that a strong relationship with the U.S. is a core strategy for Bahrain, where Lulu is opening its 10th market, and anticipates a market will open soon in the U.S.
Lulu Hypermarket opened its 130th Branch in Mabelah North yesterday. The new branch was officially inaugurated by H.E. Eng. Salim Bin Mohammed Al Naimi – Undersecretary for Transport, Ministry of Transport & Communications in the presence of several high-ranking officials from various government departments and representatives from local business communities. Mr. Yusuff Ali M.A., Chairman of Lulu Group, Saifee Rupawala, CEO, Ashraf Ali M.A, Executive Director, A.V. Ananth, Director Lulu Oman and India, Shabeer K.A, Regional Director Oman and other senior officials were also present at the event apart from a large gathering of local population.
The branch, which is the 18th store of the LuLu Hypermarket chain in Oman, is spread over an area of about 75,000 square feet and designed to meet the everyday needs of residents in Mabelah with added focus on their comfort and convenience. The interiors, well-planned retail floor layout, ample aisle space, extensively laid out counters and liberal parking space contribute to a relaxed shopping experience. The hypermarket is also designed for a smooth flow of pedestrian traffic, allowing shoppers to move through the store with much ease.
The new branch will feature an extensive fruit and vegetable section, with the freshest produce exclusively flown in from around the globe, offering uncompromised quality standards. The group’s own sourcing centers also ensure the finest quality products at the fairest prices. The department store houses all major brands of electronics, household, clothes, footwear, accessories, etc. Moreover, the in-house bakery ensures a regular supply of freshly baked cakes, breads and cookies. There is also a separate section for fish, meat, poultry, dairy products and other grocery items. The branch has also introduced inaugural offers and deals for a range of products at attractive prices.
Speaking after the inauguration, Mr. Yusuffali MA, said “We are glad to have unveiled yet another project in Oman. Our decision to open a branch in Mabelah is because of the huge residential population in this area. Its unique position is sure to attract shoppers from adjacent areas too. Understanding the preferences and mindset of consumer groups is the key to our successful expansion in the country. The convenience, design, atmosphere and hassle-free shopping experience at the new store are sure to better exceed consumer expectations!
“We have set our focus on Oman because of the immense faith we have in the country’s sound economic policies and strategies. We thank His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said and the people of this country for the encouragement and support all these years. We also have many new projects in the pipeline and I am sure this is definitely good news for our valuable customers,” he added.
With about 129 stores in 21 different countries, Lulu Group today is a highly diversified entity with operations spanning a vast geographical landscape. Understanding customers’ needs and providing them with quality products at fair prices have always remained the secret behind the success of the group throughout the world.
Al Ain : LuLu Group has further expanded its presence in the eastern region of the UAE by opening its latest hypermarket in the garden city of Al Ain.
The 128th hypermarket was inaugurated by Sultan Bin Rashid Al Dhaheri, Chairman of Hili Mall, in the presence of Eng. Saeed Sultan Al Dhaheri, CEO of Hili Mall, Ghanim Mubarak Al Hajri, Col. Ali Alshamsi, and other dignitaries. Yusuff Ali M.A., Chairman of LuLu Group, Saifee Rupawala, CEO, Ashraf Ali M.A., Executive Director, Salim M.A., Director of LuLu Group, and other top officials were present on the occasion.
Located in Al Ain’s Hili Mall, the 70,000 sq. ft. hypermarket will feature complete retail offerings including full groceries line, home appliances, electronics, IT Products, Stationery, sports and services ancillary to the business of hypermarket. Moreover, this expansive retail facility’s key component will primarily be on fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, and seafood, all offered under one roof.
LuLu Hypermarket will certainly provide great shopping experience to Hili Mall’s customers with unparalleled quality in terms of products and services. With LuLu’s range of attractive products and competitive prices, the new hypermarket is expected to drive a large segment of Al Ain population including citizens and residents to the Mall, especially from the Hili district and its neighborhood.
Speaking on the occasion, Yusuff Ali M.A. said,”It has been our policy to bring world class shopping experience closer to the people in the outskirts rather than making them drive long distance to bigger cities”. Our presence in Hili Mall demonstrates our commitment to be having a presence in all major retail landmarks across the UAE. Due to its distinguished location within Al Ain, Hili Mall offers an additional advantage to LuLu Hypermarket.
LuLu Group is a leading entity within the global retail industry and it will be an important component of Hili Mall. We are delighted to welcome LuLu and confident that the new hypermarket alongside other internationally-acclaimed retail groups will be a focal destination which will be attracting more visitors to the mall. In turn this will pave the way for more collaborations to bring-in other leading brands, with the goal of raising the footfall at Hili Mall and fulfilling its duty of providing all products under one roof”, said Eng. Saeed Sultan Al Dhaheri, CEO of Hili Mall.