your shopping and
1 euro piece with you for the trolley!
large stores and supermarkets rarely open on a Sunday however many
Garden Centres do open on a Sunday.
is becoming increasingly environment conscious and supermarkets are
gradually doing away with plastic carrier bags, so either come
prepared with shopping bags or purchase heavy duty, designed to last
forever, plastic carriers from the supermarket.
of the bigger supermarkets have fuel stations alongside and you can
buy petrol or diesel by credit card if they are closed.
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supermarkets, clothing, garden centres,
HYPERMARKET, SUPERMARKET CHAINS, MINI MARKETS
is a German
chain selling German goods in France. You can find the list of all
Aldi’s market on their website. Website:
hypermarkets with branches in most departments Very clear to
understand website -go to
. You can also buy online - (although I do not think they will deliver
to the Channel Islands! )Subsidiaries include
here you will find links to some of the other Schiever subsidiaries
very good website which starts off with an English version - which if
you are not good at reading French is a big bonus. It does however
revert to French for specific information. Go to
http://www.carrefour.com. Carrefour are worldwide with
hypermarkets, supermarkets etc. in many countries. Their hypermarkets
carry a range of goods from multi-media, clothing, electrical goods and
household goods through to foods. For Channel Islanders a large
Carrefour is found just outside the port of St. Malo and is well
sign-posted from the port. The area is called La Madeleine. Opens late
up until 8.30 but closes on Sunday.
Ed - Discount stores
Promocash - Cash and Carry
Shopi - mini-markets or small grocery
shops found in many small villages.
http://www.shopi.com/. These open to suit the proprietor and can be
open most of the time if attached to a bar!
supermarkets Champion have a variety of
smaller subsidiary mini-markets such as the Marché Plus chain. which
open till 9.00 at night and on Sunday mornings. .
includes Geant and Monoprix
are big and carry a large range of clothing for men, women and children
plus baby clothes and equipment from pushchairs to cots. They sell
electrical goods - TV's, Hi-Fi, etc and computers, IT equipment and
accessories and sell furniture in small quantities and usually on
promotion basis. Cora is open until 9.00 Monday to Saturday. For
Channel Islanders Cora is just up the road from St. Malo at St Jean de
Gueret - For more detailed information go to their website.
sell a large range of goods from household to white and electrical
goods. Very good fruit and vegetable selection. Generally quality comes
first and they are sometimes a fraction more expensive but it is worth
it! Their website address is
sited at centres called
where these supermarkets are frequently found grouped with other
specialist concerns in separate shops
selling DIY materials,
selling fresh and frozen goods
Logimarché - DIY
selling clothing and some household linen
Petrol station and car accessory store -
Tyre Sales and
some repairs -
bargains at Intermarché -. Their website is
www.intermarche.fr/ - where you can buy on line.
market where you can find good wines at low prices. Their website is
also in English. Website:
www.lidl.fr - This chain are in England as well.
supermarket, where you can find good products at low prices. It belongs
to the Intermarché supermarket. Website:
The Hyper Us are
hypermarkets and sell goods from electrical, household and garden to
foodstuffs. The Super U supermarkets carry a range of electrical goods,
clothing, DIY but in a minor way. Super U generally have excellent fish
sections. For more information their website is
below are to just some of the clothing chains
(also sell cosmetics, food, books etc)
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT
Supermarkets supplying clothing and equipment for all sports and
leisure activities such as ballet, swimming, skiing, riding, etc. Angling
and equestrian equipment, bicycles for sports and leisure - children's
bikes too are available. For the keep fit fanatics there is a huge range of gym
AND HOME ACCESSORIES and DECORATING
NB For Channel
Islanders in particular there are many, many stores selling furniture,
flooring and textiles as well as specialist building supplies along what
was the old road to Rennes. This is nicknamed "La Route des Imeubles"
and deserves this name. I have never in my life seen so many furniture
stores! The prices are incredibly low in comparison with the islands.
They even have a huge leather suite and furniture store! Many a Channel
Islander has discovered bargains along this road and the stores are so
used to selling to their islands that they organise groupage transport
of goods to the Channel Islands. The
old road runs parallel to the dual carriageway into Rennes as you
approach Rennes. Assuming you are driving from St. Malo – look out for
the 24 kilometre to Rennes sign and after this take the turnoff to
Vignoc and turn off right from the dual carriageway. Most of the
subsequent turnoffs from the dual carriage way take you onto the old
Rennes road. You can see it running parallel from the dual carriage way
from Vignoc onwards. The turnoff to Vignoc gets you there easily.
Fabulous choice of goods. They claim to open two new stores in
France a year.
Very stylish and
attractive items such as lamps, glasses, cushions, cutlery,
candlesticks, etc. If you are a cat lover they have a complete range of
mugs, bowls, aprons, glasses, clocks etc all decorated with cats and a
collectable range of miniature cats. Their goods appeal to the lovers of
classic furnishings and to those who prefer really modern items. Their
shops very occasionally go under other names.
large and impressive stores selling furniture, kitchens, bathrooms,
white goods, telephone equipment and computers
Stores at Begard, Carhaix, Dinan,
Guingamp, Landerneau, Landivisiau, Lannio, Paimpol, Saint-Brieuc, Saint
Pol de Leon, Concarneau, Bayeux and Mayenne have a huge range of
household bargains. Their goods are really cheap They sell, ornaments,
curtains, cupboards, rugs, saucepans, candles, crockery and toys among
many other items. To give you an idea - a quality, ceramic bathroom
set of mug, toilet roll holder and brush holder decorated with roses
www.conforama.fr - lots of accessories such as lamps and tracked
lighting, linen baskets. Pine furniture abounds.
Fly is fun and
they have the hugest stores with vast floor areas. It is well worth
that walk, as FLY cater for all tastes and the young and trendy in
particular. They sell furnishings and household accessories plus gift
items and stationery. Their items are novel, new and as well as
classic.There are 130 stores in France and otherwise you will find FLY
stores in Switzerland, Spain and Canada. For Channel Islanders there are
stores in Brittany on the back road to Rennes and in Quimper, Saint Malo,
Morlet, Vannes, Reddon etc. and in Normandy in Caen, Cherbourg,
Grainville, Le Mans, etc. etc.
Gifi sell a range of cheap,
bargain type goods including toys and household accessories.
materials but also have a range of fabrics, lamps, voiles, cushions,
wrought iron furniture etc.
but we are told coming closer to the Channel Coast soon - based in a
huge shopping centre where you can find the huge shop. Wonderful
bargains. Young and Modern. Website:
www.lafoirfouille.fr - this is a store full of cheap, cheap items.
Some things are impulse buy and designed for almost immediate
obsolescence - but there are lots of real bargains too.
Building Wholesalers but also from the household point of view their
kitchen units are really something else!! Beautiful! So are their
bathroom suits and accessories.
www.lapeyre.fr They have units in strong colours such as Royal blue
combined with oak, pillar box red as well as the more usual wood
finishes. Very wide kitchen drawers - all very modern and new as well as
providing more classic ranges.
have 90 stores throughout France selling household items from Curtains
and wallpapers through to furniture and DIY items. In Brittany they have
stores in Rennes and St. Brieuc and in Normandy in Calais and Boulogne.
www.groupe-pem.com -branch just outside Dinan sell fairly classic
French furnishings such as the "sleigh" type beds and leather suites.
www.baobab.tm.fr - generally low cost and sells some decorative
household items such as candlesticks, plant holders and gift type
items. 50 shops in France - the Ile et Villaine shop is at St Malo,
close to the Leclerc centre and on the Ploubalay Dinan road just outside
Dinan. Has good range of garden plants, exterior and interior. Also
sells barbeques, equipment, fencing, decking etc.
http://www.botanic.com/ - stores are far away for Channel Islanders
- east of France and some in Italy although stores are opening in
Toulouse and Perpignan in 2005. Site has some good information on it
for gardeners. Stores sell everything for the gardener.
equipment, plants and even regional foods are sold in these stores.
Books and toys are also sold. for Channel Islanders, the Cote d'Armor
stores are further into the region than the Dinan area and in Ile et
Villaine, again further out with, it appears, no stores in St. Malo -
however Minniac Morvan, Dol de Bretagne and Becherel have stores. Go to
their site and play with their interactive map of France which is good
fun and displays all their locations.
centres throughout France. For Channel Islanders - they have shops at
Anger, Brest, Caen, Cherbourg, Chartres, Cholet, Laval, Le Mans,
Nantes, Rennes, Saumur, St. Brieuc, Vannes. Their website details all
their sites. Jardiland sell plants and offer a garden planning and
assistance service. They also have a pet section.
- Lovely shops
selling a range of plants, equipment and garden furniture and household
accessories. Not very helpful on the website front as they are part of
Coopagri and the site does not make much mention of the garden centre
site although it is helpful about egg production!
43 shops in total
- a good number in the North West of France. For Channel Islanders there
is are stores just outside St. Malo, next to the Cora Supermarket and in
Rennes in the Centre Alma. There are further Truffaut centres at
Deauville, Le Mans, Pace, Quimper, l'Orient, Nantes, Tours, La Rochelle,
Angouleme, plus branches at Gisors, St. Quentin, Colmar, Wittenheim,
Orleans, Blois, Calbries, Nimes, Mauguio, Toulouse, Pau and Bordeaux
plus about 18 centres in the Ile de France region. Named after a
famous French gardener - Georges Truffaut, their website offers online
shopping. Truffaut coud be described as quite "up market" and they have
a large range of decorative household items and a big crafts section.
Truffaut have a Pet Section - remember that you cannot take live animals
back to England and the Channel Islands without permission and sell
equipment, indoor and outdoor plants, chalets, children's outdoor toys,
ponds and pond equipment, garden ornaments and statues. Their range of
Christmas decorations seems to improve year by year - last year's
collection was stunning and according to their site and magazine this
year's are equally amazing.
Big range of
vehicle accessories, tyres, seats, radios etc.
They fit the tyres and also exhausts and shock absorbers. Thinking of
travelling into the mountains for winter sports? Snow chains are from 29
euros 90, ski or snowboard racks are 36 euros 90 and magnetic ski racks
with locks for 2 pairs of skis and 4 sticks, are 45 euros 90.
Shopping in Brittany