Carrefour started operating in Poland in 1997, opening its first hypermarket in Łódź. Currently, almost 900 stores in five formats operate in Poland under the Carrefour banner: 89 hypermarkets, 150 supermarkets, almost 600 local and specialist stores. Carrefour is the owner and manager of 45 shopping centers and arcades concentrated in large and medium cities, logistics and transhipment centers as well as 43 gas station networks, as well as 5 central warehouses servicing the logistics network in Poland. Carrefour Polska is part of the Carrefour Group, which was founded in 1959 in Annecy, France. The company began international expansion in 1973, entering new markets. Carrefour is present in countries such as Spain, Italy, Belgium, Romania, Brazil, Argentina, China and Taiwan.