Shopping

 

Enjoy your shopping and remember ....

 

  • Take a 1 euro piece with you for the trolley! 

  •  Hypermarkets, large stores and supermarkets rarely open on a Sunday however many Garden Centres do open on a Sunday.   

  • France 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.

  •  Most of the bigger supermarkets have fuel stations alongside and you can buy petrol or diesel by credit card if they are closed.

Scroll down for supermarkets, clothing, garden centres,

 

HYPERMARKET, SUPERMARKET CHAINS, MINI MARKETS

 

Aldi is a German chain selling German goods in France.  You can find the list of all Aldi’s market on their website.  Website: www.aldi.fr/ADR_FR

Auchan  big hypermarkets with branches in most departments   Very clear to understand website -go to   www.auchan.com .  You can also buy online - (although I do not think they will deliver to the Channel Islands! )Subsidiaries include

ATAC - supermarkets  www.schiever.com/ here you will find links to some of the other Schiever subsidiaries

 

Carrefour  

have a 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.

Subsidiaries include

Ed  - Discount stores http://www.ed-fr.com/

Promocash - Cash and Carry   http://www.promocash.com/ 

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!

 

Champion - 

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. .  http://www.champion.fr/

  

CASINO -

which group includes Geant and Monoprix

 

Cora -

Cora supermarkets 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. www.cora.fr

 

E.LE CLERQ  

These Hypermarkets 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 www.e-leclerc.com .

 

INTERMARCHĖ -

Usually sited at centres called Les Mousquetaires where these supermarkets are frequently found grouped with other specialist concerns in separate shops

Bricomarché - selling DIY materials,  www.bricomarche.com

Ecomarché -  selling  fresh and frozen goods www.ecomarche.com

Logimarché - DIY sales  www.logimarche.com

Vetimarché  - selling clothing and some household linen www.vetimarche.com

Stationmarché - Petrol station and car accessory store -

Tyre Sales and some repairs - www.stationmarche.com

 Current bargains at Intermarché -.  Their website is www.intermarche.com  or www.intermarche.fr/  - where you can buy on line.

 

 Leader Price, low prices market where you can find good wines at low prices. Their website is also in English.  Website: www.leader-price-int.com

 

 LiDL www.lidl.fr - This chain are in England as well.

Netto, low prices supermarket, where you can find good products at low prices. It belongs to the Intermarché supermarket.  Website: www.mousquetaires.com/enseignes/netto.htm

 

 PICaRD Sell Frozen Foods  www.picard.fr

 

Système U Chain includes Hyper U, Marché U & Super U 

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   www.magasins-u.com

  

CLOTHING

The links below are to just some of the clothing chains

Cache-Cache /www.cache-cache.fr/

Camaieu www.camaieu.fr/

Caroll www.caroll.com/

Celio www.celio.com/

Etam http://www.etam.com/

Galleries Lafayette www.galerieslafayette.com/

Gemo www.gemo.fr

H&M www.hm.com/fr/

Jennyfer www.jennyfer.com/

La Halle www.lahalle.com

Kiabi  www.kiabi.com/

Monoprix  (also sell cosmetics, food, books etc) www.monoprix.fr/

Naf Naf www.nafnaf.fr/

Okaidi (children's clothing)  www.okaidi.fr/

Olivier des Forges www.olivierdesforges.fr/

Patrice Breal www.patrice-breal.com/

Printemps www.printemps.com

Promod www.promod.fr/

Quaterback www.quaterback.fr/

Scottage www.scottage.fr/

Zara www.zara.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/home/fr/en

 

 SPORTS CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT

 

The following  are Sports 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 equipment. 

 

  DECATHLON  www.decathlon.fr

INTERSPORT www.intersport.fr/

 

FURNITURE, FURNISHINGS

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. 

 

Alinea http://www.alinea.fr  

Fabulous choice of goods.  They claim to open two new stores in France a year. 

 AMBIANCE&styles

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.   www.ambianceetstyles.com

 

BUT    large and impressive stores selling furniture, kitchens, bathrooms, white goods, telephone equipment and computers  www.but.fr 

 

CASH AFFAIRES   

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 costs £9.00. 

 

Conforama  www.conforama.fr - lots of accessories such as lamps and tracked lighting, linen baskets.  Pine furniture abounds

 

http://www.fly.fr  

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  

www.gifi.fr    Gifi sell a range of cheap, bargain type goods including toys and household accessories. 

 

GP DECORS  www.gpdecors.fr  

sell decorating materials but also have a range of fabrics, lamps, voiles, cushions, wrought iron furniture etc.   

in Nantes 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.ikea.com

 

La Foir'Fouille    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. 

 

LAPEYRE  are 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.

 

LEYROY  MERLIN 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.leroymerlin.fr

 

 

MEUBLES GODEST

www.groupe-pem.com -branch just outside Dinan sell fairly classic French furnishings such as the "sleigh" type beds and leather suites.

  

GARDEN CENTRES

 

baobab 

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.

 

botanic   

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.

 

Gamm Vert http://www.gammvert.fr

Garden 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.

 

Jardiland  http://www.jardiland.fr/ 

Many Jardiland 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.

 

Magasin Vert  - 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! 

 

 

TRUFFAUT  www.truffaut.com 

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. 

 

MOTOR 

 

Feu Vert

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.

 

 

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2013 DATES

June 29 and last until July 30, 2013 for nearly all departments.  Some such as the Pyrenees or overseas territories may differ as to dates.

 

CLOTHNG SIZES

FRENCH TO ENGLISH EQUIVALENT

WOMEN

UK

FR

UK

FR

8

34

18

44

10

36

20

46/48

12

38

22

 50

14

40

24

52

16

42

 

 

MEN

UK

FR

UK

FR

34

44

44

54

36

46

46

56

38

48

48

58

40

50

50

60

42

52

 

 

Shirts

UK

FR

UK

FR

14

36

16

40

14.5

37

16.5

41

15

 38

17

42

15.5

39

 

 

SHOES

UK

FR

UK

FR

1

33

7

40

2

34

7.5

41

2.5

 35

8

42

3

36

9

43

4

37

9.5

44

5

38

10.5

45

6

39