History

The history of Grupo Éxito is written with tenacity and humility, with reason and with heart, with passion and with a desire to serve.

Historia

1905

Inicio carulla

Carulla is constituted in Bogotá on the initiative of José Carulla Vidal.

From Spain to Colombia, José Carulla Vidal (1874 – 1954), reached his thirties with the intention of being an entrepreneur. The supermarket, which bears his last name became one of the most important in the country.

1922

Warehouse Ley Barranquilla

“EL LEY” begins in Barranquilla thanks to Luis Eduardo Yepes.

Luis Eduardo Yepes, Yepes, became one of the most prosperous merchants in the country. With his initials he gave name to the chain of stores LEY. The first store opened its doors in Barranquilla, on Calle del Progreso with Avenida San Blas.

1949

El Éxito is created in Medellín under the leadership of Don Gustavo Toro Quintero.

On March 26th, don Gustavo Toro, opened the first Éxito of the country in a 4x4 m2 store located in Alhambra Street #47-07, in downtown Medellín. This first store was dedicated to the sale of scraps and some clothing, hence the textile busissness is part of the company.

1959

Cadenalco

Cadenalco begins its history as a society that owns El Ley.

On November 18th the Gran Cadena de Almacenes Colombianos CADENALCO S.A. was born. In cities such as Bogotá, Girardot, Ibagué, Neiva, Cali y Pereira the stores continued to outperform sales. In 1962 the first modern self-service store was opened

1969

Carulla vivero

Vivero was born in Barranquilla, impelled by Alberto Azout.

Vivero was born as a shirt´s factory, in the place near the former Vivero Municipal of Barranquilla. Decades later, transformed in a chain of stores, it offered customers everything they needed for the home, clothing and groceries.

1993

Fundación Éxito

Fundación Éxito is created.

On September 24th Éxito Foundation was established for the help and improvement of social, educational, civic, and cultural conditions. 20 years later, it strengthened its work focus in child nutrition. This is how Gen Zero is created: zero malnutrition.

1994

Éxito lists its share in the stock Exchange of Bogotá, Medellín and Occidente.

Éxito lists its share in the stock Exchange of Bogotá, Medellín and Occidente.

The Company begins a process of shareholder opening and develops a growth and consolidation strategy to face the challenges of the incoming international competition.

1997

Expansion in South America

Expansion in South America

Disco Uruguay is the company with which Grupo Casino is associated to create the first Géant in Motevideo. A year later, they take control of the Argentine group Libertad and begin their participation in Almacenes Éxito in Colombia.

1998

www.exito.co begins to operate

www.exito.co begins to operate

In partnership with NormaNet, the virtual Éxito was created, an online sales system. Initially, only toy items were incorporated. At the end of 1999 manufactured products were included in the virtual store. Éxito was a pioneer of electronic commerce.

1999

Change the shareholding structure

Change the shareholding structure

Casino acquires 25% of the shares of Almacenes Éxito and Almacenes Éxito obtain the majority shareholding of CADENALCO.

2001

Almacenes Éxito y Cadenalco merge

Almacenes Éxito y Cadenalco merge

Almacenes Éxito y Cadenalco merge

2005

Estate Business and Éxito Card

Estate Business and Éxito Card

The real estate business begins and Éxito Card is born

2007

Majority Casino shares

Majority Casino shares

Casino obtains the majority shareholding of Almacenes Éxito, Almacenes Éxito acquires Carulla Vivero. In this way Almacenes Éxito carries out international issuance of shares through GDS. ÉXITO Travels starts operation.

2008

New Businesses are created

New Businesses are created

Éxito Insurance is created as complementary business The storeroom Surtimax format is born. Éxito starts direct operation of its Service Stations.

2010

Carulla becomes part of Grupo Éxito.

Carulla becomes part of Grupo Éxito.

Carulla company and Vivero S.A merge. ÉXITO Express format is born.

2011

The process internationalization begins

The process internationalization begins

Almacenes Éxito acquires 100% of the shares of Spice Investments Mercosur. Company that owns the Disco, Devoto and Géant chains in Uruguay.

2012

The first Shopping Center is inaugurated.

The first Shopping Center is inaugurated.

In 2012, the first shopping center of the VIVA brand is inaugurated. in Medellín and, in 2014, 46 stores of Super Inter, the fourth retail brand of the Company, began operating. In the same year, the initiative of the Éxito Foundation, Gen cero, is presented to the country to ensure that in 2030 no child under five in Colombia suffers from chronic malnutrition.

2013

“Aliados Surtimax”  is born

“Aliados Surtimax” is born

Aliados Surtimax” is born. Éxito Mobile goes on the market as mobile telephony. The international money transfer service begins.

2015

Almacenes Éxito acquires 50% of the voting rights of the Pao de Acucar Group, in Brazil; and 100% of Libertad in Argentina.

Almacenes Éxito acquires 50% of the voting rights of the Pao de Acucar Group, in Brazil; and 100% of Libertad in Argentina.

In 2015, continuing with its internationalization plan, the company acquires voting control of Companhia Brasileira de Distribuição, the largest retailer in Brazil in the food, furniture and household appliances categories and the second in electronic commerce; with the brands Assaí, Extra and Pão de Açúcar, Ponto Frio, Casa Bahía, and one hundred percent (100%) of the shares of the Argentine company Libertad S.A., the leading food retailer in the Córdoba region. In this way, the company becomes a multilatin company and leader in retail in South America. The movie “Colombia Salvaje” is also released, the Logistics and Transportation Company (LTSA) starts operation, the Loyalty Program of Éxito and Carulla is restructured and the first version of the Month for Child Nutrition is held.

2016

Arrives in Colombia the cash and carry format

Arrives in Colombia the cash and carry format

The cash and carry format is born and Surtimayorista, the first wholesale store of Grupo Éxito in Colombia, opens. Also the company and the Real Estate Fund of Colombia sign an investment agreement for the creation Viva Malls, specializing in the development and operation of commercial space in the country.

2017

Carulla FreshMarket is born and Puntos Colombia is created.

Carulla FreshMarket is born and Puntos Colombia is created.

Carulla FreshMarket opens, a bet of differentiation of the premium brand of supermarkets. Puntos Colombia was born from the union of major brands for the creation of the most important loyalty program in Colombia.

2018

Innovation as a great differentiator

Éxito WOW is born, the hypermarket of the future that combines the physical and virtual world. Opens Viva Envigado, the largest commercial and business complex in the country, which brought a new generation of shopping centers in the country, based on experience. Surtimayorista, the supply center in the corner, strengthens its presence in the country