RPT-Online grocery Rohlik Group to expand to Italy, Romania, Spain next year

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PRAGUE, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Czech-based online grocery Rohlik Group will launch operations in Italy, Romania and Spain next year under a new Sezamo brand, the company said on Thursday.

The group, founded in 2014 by entrepreneur Tomas Cupr, delivers over 1 million items on some days in the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and Austria under local brands.

The company raised 290 million euros ($328.7 million) this year, including a 100 million euro round in July led by Index Ventures which valued the firm at 1 billion euros. Rohlik said its turnover exceeded 300 million euros in 2020.

Rohlik said it would start deliveries in Milan in Italy and in the Romanian capital Bucharest in the first half of the next year, and add Madrid in the second half.

“We will soon be in Madrid with even more countries to come. This comes on the back of impressive growth in all our new countries, case in point being Munich, where we recently broke the 1,000 orders per day milestone in record time,” group CEO Cupr said in a statement.

Rohlik said it planned to expand its German operations launched in Munich in August under the brand to Frankfurt, Hamburg, Cologne, Essen, Hannover, Stuttgart, Leipzig and other cities within two years.

$1 = 0.8821 euros Reporting by Jan Lopatka Editing by Jason Hovet