First established in France in 1923, Leroy Merlin saw rapid international growth in the Eighties and is continuing its expansion by opening stores in many parts of the world.
1923 - The Beginning
Entrepreneurs Adolphe Leroy and Rose Merlin opened an American military surplus store shortly after World War I.
1933 – The Trade
After experiencing substantial success, the husband-and-wife team begins to offer kit homes in their store, as well as other building material.
1947 – The Expansion
The “Stock Américain” business continued to grow, opening additional warehouses in northern France.
1960 - The Brand
The “Stock Américain” banner changed its name to…Leroy Merlin, of course.
1968 - The Innovation
Leroy Merlin created the first self-service DIY-hardware store in France, in Noeux-les-Mines.
1973 – The Products
True to its new slogan Tout pour la maison ("Everything for the home"), the banner increased the number of product references and sales outlets.
1980 – Gaining Speed
Now with 33 stores, the banner was bought out by the Mulliez family, pioneers in mass marketing.
1989 - Hola
Leroy Merlin became an international name when it opened its first store in Spain, in Leganés, south of Madrid.
1996 - Europe
Poland and Italy were added to the banner’s territory with new locations in Piaseczno, south of Warsaw, in June, and in Solbiate Arno, near Varese, in October.
1998 – The World
The first Brazilian store opened its doors in Interlagos, near São Paulo.
2003 - Bem-vindo
Portugal became the fourth European country to welcome Leroy Merlin when the first store opened in Gondomar, near Porto.
2004 - The Odyssey
Leroy Merlin Greece got underway while Russia and China also joined the adventure with a store north of Moscow in August and another in Beijing in November.
2007 to Today… The Expansion
Greece opened its first store near the Athens airport. GROUPE ADEO became the name of the entity bringing Leroy Merlin together with seven other DIY and home décor banners, each also having their own management.
Leroy Merlin has continued its expansion ever since, with Turkey seeing its first store open in March 2010 in Bursa’s Anatolium shopping mall.
Future locations: stores will open in the Ukraine (in Kiev) and Romania (in Bucharest).