Walmart In Turkey – Does Turkey Has Walmart Store?

Walmart is a worldwide company that offers many products and services. Many people wonder if Walmart has stores in Turkey. The answer to this question is no, Walmart does not have any stores in Turkey.

Walmart probably will not have any stores in Turkey. Walmart lost against Tesco in the UK and Carrefour in France, which are both big companies. And now they’re fighting against other big companies like Carrefour and Tesco in Turkey, too. So history will repeat for them here too I think.

Reasons Why Walmart Doesn’t Have Any Store In Turkey

Reasons Why Walmart Doesn't Have Any Store In Turkey

1. The Turkish government prohibits Walmart from establishing a store in Turkey due to a lawsuit filed by other retail stores like Tesco and Carrefour.

2. There is no need for a Walmart store in Turkey because Turkish citizens have access to other retail stores that offer the same products.

3. Turks are not interested in shopping at Walmart due to its lack of variety and quality. 

4. A new Walmart would be too expensive, as it would require land acquisition and construction costs and other legal issue costs.  

5. Turks do not want to shop at a retailer that does business with Israel or Saudi Arabia, which both countries have ties with Iran, an enemy of Turkey’s current administration.

6. The minimum wage in Turkey is the lowest among OECD countries, which makes it difficult for an American company to thrive.

7. There are currently few places where Walmart could build its store due to the Turkish government’s strict zoning laws.

8. It would be too expensive for Walmart to ship products from other countries into Turkey because of tariffs and taxes on imports.

9. Turks have strong preferences when it comes to their grocery shopping habits, so they prefer local brands over international ones.

8 Walmart Alike Retail And Super Store In Turkey

1. Carrefour


Carrefour Super Store is a grocery store that sells food, clothing, electronics, and more. They have locations in France, Turkey, UK, Hong Kong, and many other countries around the world. The company was founded in 1961 by Marcel Fournier with his wife Sylvie. It has grown to be one of the largest retailers in the world today. 

The Carrefour Group employs over 440 000 people worldwide with revenues reaching €109 billion (last fiscal year). I hope you enjoy reading about this amazing company!

2. BIM


BIM operates over 500 retail stores all around Turkey and they offer customers everything from clothing and other fashion items, household goods, food items, electronics, and more! With such a diverse product line up there is bound to be something that suits your needs at one of their locations or online. 

3. Tesco


Tesco is the largest retailer in Turkey. It has over 1100 retail outlets across the country and employs more than 50,000 people. Tesco’s main competitors are Carrefour, Migros, Metro Group and Auchan. The company was founded by Jack Cohen in 1929 as a market stall on London’s East End trading mainly with Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe who had escaped persecution under the Tsar of Russia. Today it is one of the world’s leading retailers with operations in 14 countries around the globe including Thailand, Taiwan, South Africa, and Ireland. 

Tesco operates six stores in Istanbul alone which are located at Taksim Square (Istanbul), Bahcelievler (Istanbul), Esenyurt (Ankara), Gebze (Kocaeli), Adana and Samsun. There are also two stores in Izmir, one at Meydan (Izmir) and another store is located at Alsancak (Izmir). It has the slogan “Every little help” which was first used by Tesco in Ireland as part of an advertising campaign on September 29th, 2009.

4. Metro Cash & Carry 

Metro Cash & Carry is a retail store that specializes in food, grocery, home appliances, and other household items. The company was founded in Turkey in 1979 and has over 1000 stores all around the world including Russia, China, Thailand, and more. This blog post will give an overview of the company’s history and some information on its products and services.

5. Auchan 


Auchan is a retail store that was founded in France. Auchan has been operating since 1967 and now has stores across the world including Russia, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Georgia, and Turkey. In Turkey, it operates as an “Auchan Şimdi” with 11 stores all of which are located in metropolitan areas such as Istanbul. 

The first Auchan Şimdi opened its doors in January 2008 with a range of modern technologies to make shopping easier for customers. The goal of this project was to provide better customer service through the use of new technology and by being closer to them by opening more stores near their homes or workplaces.

6. Minimax


Minimax is a Turkish retail store that offers many products. With the use of social media, they are able to reach out to more people and offer different discounts on certain days (i.e., Black Friday). They also offer great customer service by answering any questions or concerns that someone may have about their products. There are plenty of advantages for shopping at Minimax, which includes not having to worry about shipping charges because they provide free shipping within Turkey! Minimax has been in business since 2005 and continues to grow with every year.

7. Migros


Migros is a retail store in Turkey that has a wide range of products. It specializes in food and household items, as well as some electronics. The company was founded in 1907 by the Mıgros family with one grocery store. Now there are over 1,300 Migros stores across Turkey and it’s expanding to other countries including Switzerland, Austria, Bulgaria, Romania, and Albania. 

The history of Migros Corporations can be traced back to 1907 when the first Migros store opened on Istanbul’s İstiklal Avenue (then known as Taksim). This was followed by the opening of branches on Eminönü Square (1914), Dolmabahçe Palace (1915), and ond İstiklal Avenue (1923). In 1926, Migros opened a new store on Zincirlikuyu Street and in 1933 Migros started expanding into the provinces of Turkey.

In 1958, during the opening ceremony of Istanbul’s first modern shopping center – Forum Istanbul – Prime Minister Adnan Menderes said: “We will make up for all this within seven years with our chains of supermarkets!” Many people were skeptical at that time about his statement but they soon realized he was correct as by 1965 there were more than 100 Migros stores across Turkey. As a result, some competitors have begun to follow suit and open their own supermarket chains around the country.

8. Lidl 


Lidl is a European discount supermarket chain. It operates over 10,000 stores across Europe and has plans to expand into the United States of America. Although there are many grocery store chains in Turkey, Lidl sells about 7% of all groceries in Turkey with its 900+ stores that it operates nationwide. The company was founded by Josef Schwarz on May 17th, 1930 when he opened his first store under the name “Leeder”. Nowadays, Lidl employs more than 150,000 people around the world and sells an average of 40 million products each week at prices up to 30% lower than other supermarkets. 


Turkey is the largest country in the world that does not have a Walmart store. This may be because of cultural differences, but many Turks are also loyal to their local stores due to quality and price considerations. But with an ever-growing population, it seems inevitable that soon enough there will be a Walmart on every corner of Istanbul.

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