New LuLu Hypermarket store launched in Ain Khaled, Qatar


New LuLu Hypermarket store launched in Ain Khaled, Qatar

In line with the vision of the energetic and far-sighted corporate leadership, the LuLu Group is positioning itself as a catalyst of economic growth with the opening of its 18th Hypermarket in the Ain Khaled district.

The expansion of the Group’s retail footprint in Qatar comes in line with the country’s preparations for a major business boost with the upcoming FIFA World Cup, which Qatar will be hosting in November this year.

The new store was jointly inaugurated by Sheikh Falah bin Ali bin Khalifa Al Thani and Sheikh Abdullah bin Hassan Al Thani in the presence of Mr. M.A. Yusuff Ali, Chairman of Lulu Group, and other officials.

The event was also attended by Sheikh Abul Rahman bin Abdullah Al Thani, Mr. Nabeel Abu Issa, Mr. Adil Abdul Razak, Mr. Nasar Al Ansari, Mr. C.V. Rappai, Dr. R. Seetharaman, H.E. Dr. Deepak Mittal, Ambassador of India to the State of Qatar, and Ambassadors representing Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Georgia and Armenia.

The new store is spread over 150,000 square feet on two levels and is designed to offer shoppers the best LuLu brands and retail experience – an extensive grocery section, the LuLu Connect electronics store, the glamorous LuLu Celebrate designer fashion line, the high-street REO fashion brand, BLSH – the branded perfumes, cosmetics, make-up and beauty line, and Eyexpress, the eyewear brand.

Mr. Yusuff Ali said that the new store opening comes in line with the LuLu Group’s commitment to the Qatari leadership’s vision and energy for a bright future. The Group is already planning more store openings in the country this year in preparation for the huge boost to the economy, which are expected to rise in Barwa Alkhor, Giardino Mall at The Pearl-Qatar, and Barwa Madinat.

“LuLu Group’s expansion is a reaffirmation of the Group’s confidence in Qatar’s leadership and part of a global expansion plan and also a sign of the Group’s support of the region’s recovery after a harsh business setback during the pandemic,” Mr. Yusuff Ali said, “Qatar is gearing up for the FIFA 2022, football’s biggest tournament and also for the Asian Games 2030 – we are confident of the upward development trajectory of the nation. We promise to match our capacity and vision with that of Qatar’s blueprint for a bright future.”

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Mohamed Althaf, Director of LuLu Group International, said: “The opening of Lulu Hypermarket at Ain Khaled brings the number of Lulu stores in Qatar to 18, and this would not have been possible without the help and support of the governmental authorities and our valued customers. This phenomenal growth is a solid proof of the strategic importance of Qatar to our business plans and our confidence in the resilience and future of Qatar’s economy”.

The LuLu Qatar operations has set the bar high for the hypermarket chain in the country and won awards for its innovative spin on healthy grocery and fresh food deliverables – the LuLu Ain Khaled store too will showcase the award-winning features such as Planet Y, the selection of plant- based meat substitutes and foods, organic and superfood selections, an extensive ‘free-from’ range and a zero-waste refill station where eco-conscious shoppers can refill reusable containers with dry goods including pasta, grains and other items.

Shopping for vegan food at your nearest Lulu Hypermarket has never been so easy with many vegan staples readily available in stores. Latest Lulu hypermarket in Ain khalid is making it even easier for vegetarian and vegan shoppers to find plant-based groceries in one place by introducing dedicated store in store called Planet Y. The new store will also have a dedicated area to support local initiatives and stock all Qatari products on a priority basis.

There will also be fresh juices available throughout the day - an area dedicated for Juice Station, and a wide range of fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and seafood. Shoppers will be encouraged to eat healthy and learn new cookery tips from experts through a series of in-store cookery classes. The new hypermarket will also have a dedicated area for eco-friendly products.

Children have not been left out and the Toys section features specially chosen collection of STEMTainment toys to stimulate young minds in line with the latest STEM educational principles. For adults, there is a useful and extensive IOT section to facilitate smart homes.

In all these, customer comfort has been prioritized as always and there are ample dedicated car parking spaces for LuLu customers and checkout has been made easier with green check-out counters, wheelchair access and elevators and ATM facilities.

There is already a pharmacy and three popular fast-food eateries in premises: Starbucks, McDonalds and Papa John’s Pizza. The new hypermarket also encompasses other leading tenant mix such as Ooredoo counter managed by RPTech WLL, V EYE P Optics, Jawhara Jewelry and Doha Beauty Centre etc.

Major Features - LuLu Hypermarket, Ain Khaled branch

Planet Y:
LuLu is the first retailer to open a vegan hypermarket destination with a service counter entirely dedicated to plant-based products with meat-free options and meat-free butchery. Shopping for vegan food at your nearest Lulu Hypermarket has never been so easy with many vegan staples readily available in stores. Latest Lulu hypermarket in Ain khaled is making it even easier for vegetarian and vegan shoppers to find plant-based groceries in one place by introducing dedicated store in store called Planet Y.

Zero-waste Refill Station:
A dedicated area for Refill Station where shoppers can buy refillable containers, use a paper bag or bring their own container. Customers can refill the products such as tea, cereals, pasta and other essentials. This initiative will encourage to reduce and recycle. Major brands such as 24 Matra, Organic Tattva, Agrofino, Somerset, White’s and Pasta Toscana are currently available at the refill aisles.

Free From Worries:
Free from sugar, preservatives and other additives, the Free From area offers the very best products sourced from around the globe. You can also find items for specific diets here including Keto, Gluten Free, Vegan and more.

The Internet of Things:
LuLu Ain Khalid is your go-to for smart home accessories. A Smart Home means a smarter and more comfortable lifestyle. And to help update, upgrade and get your fridge to tell you when you need to stock up on ingredients or your home to be on energy-saving zone or even if you want a security grid with CCTV on your mobile phone – the IoT options can be explored in the “Thing”, LuLu’s IoT department. The new store has a department dedicated to the Internet of Things and Smart home devices that will demystify the internet of things in the concept of smart home”.

Fashion-forward Glamour:
Whether its’ easy, smart-casual high Street style or designer wear under the LuLu ‘Celebrations’ label, you can update your wardrobe for everyday chic and for special occasions with some of the best ‘looks’ in the runways of the world.

Value-For-Money Lulu Fashion Brands:
The popular LuLu REO brand, the Eyexpress eyewear brand that brings swag to your vision and BLSH, the high-quality cosmetics range will all be available to pump up your style quotient.

A Connection to Digital Progress:
The digital accessories for a well-connected life have never been more important: laptops, smart phones and HD televisions, smart home appliances and more. All these will be found in LuLu Connect, the branded digital marketplace of the hypermarket.

Eco Friendly:
A dedicated area for Eco-friendly products.

Incredible range of S.T.E.M. Toys made available for children.

Juice Station:
An area is dedicated for fresh, fruity and healthy Juices.

Full-fledged recycling initiatives:
We have signed a contract to efficiently manage and recycle food, plastic, paper and other wastes generated in the operation.

Reverse Vending Machine (RVM):
As part of our ongoing efforts and commitment towards sustainability, we have implemented RVM Machine in Ain Khalied to encourage and educate customers on segregation and recycling of plastic bottles and metal cans.