* Group opens new outlet in Ain Khaled

LuLu Group opened on Wednesday its 18th hypermarket in Qatar, located in the Ain Khaled district, as part of its chain of future expansions for the 2022 FIFA World Cup season, thus positioning itself as a catalyst for economic growth.
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 World Cup, which Qatar will be hosting this November.
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 LuLu Group chairman Yusufali M A and other officials.
The event was also attended by Sheikh Abdul Rahman bin Abdullah al-Thani, Nabil Abu Issa, Adil Abdul Razak, Nasar al-Ansari, C V Rappai, Dr R Seetharaman, Indian ambassador Dr Deepak Mittal, and the ambassadors of Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Georgia and Armenia.
The new store is spread over 150,000sft on two levels and designed to offer shoppers the best LuLu brands and retail experience. It also includes 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 eyewear brand Eyexpress.
Yusufali said the new store opening comes in line with 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 Barwa Al Khor, Giardino Mall at The Pearl-Qatar, and Barwa Madinat in preparation for the further development of the economy.
“LuLu’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.

“Qatar is gearing up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, football’s biggest tournament and also for the Asian Games 2030. We are confident in 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,” Yusufali said.
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 government 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.”
LuLu Qatar operations have 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 will also showcase award-winning features, such as Planet Y, the selection of plant-based meat substitutes and foods, organic and super food 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.
The Ain Khaled hypermarket is making it even easier for vegetarian and vegan shoppers to find plant-based groceries in one place by introducing Planet Y. The new store will also have a dedicated area to support local initiatives and stock all Qatari products on a priority basis.
Fresh juices are also available throughout the day at the Juice Station, including a wide range of fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and seafood. This will encourage shoppers to eat healthily 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 will benefit from the Toys Section, which features a specially chosen collection of ‘STEMtainment’ toys to stimulate young minds in line with the latest STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) educational principles. For adults, there is a useful and extensive Internet of Things (IoT) section to facilitate smart homes.
There are ample dedicated car parking spaces for LuLu customers and checkout is made easier with green check-out counters, wheelchair access, elevators and ATM facilities.
A pharmacy and three popular fast-food eateries are on the premises: Starbucks, McDonald's and Papa John’s Pizza. The new hypermarket also boasts of a wide tenant mix, such as Ooredoo counter managed by RPTech, V EYE P Optics, Jawhara Jewelry, and Doha Beauty Centre, among others.
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