Rohlik Group online grocery store to expand to Italy, Romania and Spain next year

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PRAGUE, November 18 (Reuters)Czech online grocery store Rohlik Group will launch operations in Italy, Romania and Spain next year under a new Sezamo brand, the company said Thursday.

The group, founded in 2014 by entrepreneur Tomas Cupr, delivers over a million items on select days in the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and Austria under local brands.

The company has raised 290 million euros ($ 328.7 million) this year, including a 100 million euros round in July led by Index Ventures that valued the company at 1 billion euros. Rohlik said its turnover exceeded 300 million euros in 2020.

Rohlik said he would start deliveries to Milan in Italy and Romania’s capital Bucharest in the first half of next year, and add Madrid in the second half.

“We will soon be in Madrid with even more countries to come. This is explained by impressive growth in all our new countries, for example in Munich, where we recently passed the milestone of 1,000 orders per day in record time. “the group said. CEO Cupr said in a statement.

Rohlik said he plans to expand its German operations launched in Munich in August under the Knuspr.de brand to Frankfurt, Hamburg, Cologne, Essen, Hanover, Stuttgart, Leipzig and other cities within two years.

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(Report by Jan Lopatka Editing by Jason Hovet)

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