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L’Oreal, Casino Group partner in Le Drugstore Parisien concept

French retailer Casino Group has teamed with cosmetics company L’Oreal France to launch Le drugstore Parisien, a new retail concept targeting city-dwellers in the heart of Paris.

The two companies boldly claim the concept will “revolutionise the beauty and well-being shopping experience in the French capital”.

Operated under Casino Group’s Franprix banner, Le Drugstore Parisien is positioned as “the urban store for beauty from within, practical treats and serendipity [the art of making unexpected discoveries].”

The store will offer beauty and well-being products alongside over-the-counter pharmaceutical products, sewing kits, accessories and healthy snacks and treats.

A number of L’Oreal brands will be available, including L’Oreal Paris, Maybelline, Garnier, NYX Professional Makeup, Essie and Sanoflore, as well as exclusive, expert brands so that shoppers can discover something new with every visit.

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Amenities designed specifically for urban consumers will also be on hand, such as free Wi-Fi, mobile-phone charging points, water fountains, shoe-shining machines, sinks and dressing tables, dry cleaning, parcel pick-up points, light therapy areas, key exchange, and one-hour delivery for certain products.

Jean Paul Mochet, CEO of convenience banners at Casino Group, said the company has for several years been working to find ways of helping convenience stores connect better with customers.

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“In cities, we have been paying particular attention to the new ways space and time are used, which are radically changing consumer behaviour. The lines between work, culture and fun are being blurred, creating a new way of living. So city-dwellers need tailored products and services to make their lives easier. This goal was exactly what we had in mind when designing Le Drugstore Parisien – a unique, laid-back place that celebrates joy, pleasure and well-being amidst the hustle and bustle of Paris life.”

The first two Le Drugstore Parisien sites opened last weekend at 66, Rue de la Chaussee d’Antin and 122, Rue du Bac in districts 9 and 6, respectively. They will be trade seven days a week, from 10am to midnight Monday to Saturday and from 11am to 8pm on Sundays. One day a month, they will open for 24 hours to offer Parisians exclusive events and well-being services.

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