KEY DATES
1923
In northern France, Adolphe Leroy and Rose Merlin sell materials left by the
Allies after World War I.
1960
The company adopts the name Leroy Merlin. It invents free delivery and
opens the first self-service DIY retail sales outlet.
1979
The business is taken over by the Association Familiale Mulliez, which
becomes majority shareholder.
1986
Introduction of employee shareholding (Valaction).
1988
Business plan becomes centred on customer satisfaction.
1989
The Group expands abroad, opening a first store in Spain.
de 1996 à 2006
Launch of partnerships and banner acquisitions in France and
abroad: Bricoman (1994), Bricocenter (1998), Aki (2003), Weldom and Dompro
(2004).
2006
Launch of Zodio (first store opened in 2007) and Kbane in 2008.
2010
The Group takes over Castorama Italy.
2015
Six new banners join ADEO, increasing the use of e-commerce :
Homes-Up created in China, takeover of Delamaison.fr (and Decoclico.fr),
and Deco-smart.com and Lightonline.fr, takeover of Quotatis.fr/Quotatis-
pratique.fr.
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Maquette : Brigitte Archambault de Beaune
Crédits photos : René Limbourg, Marie Collier
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