Casino Guichard-Perrachon SA (Casino Group), a multi-format store operator, has entered into an agreement with a French independent retailer to expand its Leader Price brand network.

Under the agreement, Casino’s Leader Price discount unit will buy 47 discount stores from Mutant Distribution, a subsidiary of Groupe Les Coopérateurs de Normandie-Picardie.

These 47 stores are located mainly in south-west France, representing revenue of over €100m in 2012, Casino said.

Further, Casino has signed a brand licensing and supply contract agreement with Mutant Distribution, adding another 90 ‘Le Mutant’ stores to its network in the Normandy and Picardy region.

Those stores represented over €200m last year, Casino said.

This acquisition follows the acquisition this summer, of 38 NORMA discount stores in south-east France.

The deal, which is subject to the approval of France’s anti-trust authority, is expected to take effect in the first quarter of 2014.

Casino Group operates hypermarkets, supermarkets, convenience stores and discount stores. Through these stores, it offers a broad array of food and non- food products.

Additionally, it is involved in food service business, wholesale business, catering services and financial services. The company operates 12,038 stores under various banners including Casino, Monoprix, Franprix, Superettes, Petit Casino and Vival.

Presently, the company has operations in France, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Thailand, Vietnam, Indian Ocean (Reunion, Mayotte, Mauritius and Madagascar) and Colombia.