Kruidvat, Albert Heijn and Blokker dominate Dutch high streets

Kruidvat high street shopThere are more outlets of budget chemists chain Kruidvat than any other type of store on the Dutch high streets, according to market research group Locatus.

In total, there were 859 Kruidvat stores in the Netherlands last year. Second on the list was the Albert Heijn supermarket group with 834 outlets.

Trailing in third place was household goods group Blokker with 596 outlets. Blokker has just two more stores than the Gall&Gall wine and spirits chain, which is also owned by Albert Heijn parent Ahold.

The top five is completed by Rabobank with 554 branches. That will go down considerably this year because the bank is reducing its retail network. In 2013, Rabobank was second on the list with 810 branches.

Budget clothing group Zeeman, chemists chain Etos, the Hema household and clothes company, butchers shop Keurslager and the Aldi budget supermarket group make up the rest of the top 10.

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