Rémy Jestin hands over to his son Clément at the E.Leclerc Center in Ploudalmézeau

Rémy Jestin hands over to his son Clément at the E.Leclerc Center in Ploudalmézeau
Rémy Jestin hands over to his son Clément at the E.Leclerc Center in Ploudalmézeau

Rémy Jestin, owner and CEO of the E.Leclerc Center in Ploudalmézeau, announced his retirement to his 180 employees on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, in Ploudalmézeau. Alongside his son Clément, who will take over the reins of the oldest family business in the town, the future retiree looks back on this family epic.

Initially, a simple grocery store of 16 m2

“The story began with my parents, Henri and Marguerite, who took over a grocery store in the town of Ploudalmézeau, in June 1958, at the current location of the Savings Bank,” rewinds Rémy Jestin. “It was 16 m2. All goods received in the yard were checked on the kitchen table,” he recalls. The small grocery store grew to become a 160 m2 mini-market in 1977. “The year 1982 was a turning point, with the move near the sports hall. The mini-market became a supermarket, under the Super U brand, before the Leclerc brand in 1985,” specifies the entrepreneur. “Financially, it was not easy. During the winter of 1983-1984, it was the only time we had to part ways with an employee. I still think about it today when I meet this woman in the store,” he confides.

During the winter of 1983-1984, it was the only time we had to part ways with an employee. I still think about it today when I meet this woman in the store.

“The staff and the atmosphere at work are my greatest pride,” continues Rémy Jestin. And when asked what the most memorable moments are. “The loss of two employees, Alain and Denis, who left too soon. As for the best moments: taking over my parents’ business in 1991 and transferring the store to the current location are among them,” he says. For this transfer, ten years of discussions were necessary. “I remember in return for commissions announcing to employees: no, it’s not this time yet! “. In December 2001, the current store, in Keruscat, finally opened its doors on 2,000 m2. It will expand with seasonal, cultural, sports and drugstore spaces to reach more than 6,000 m2 of sales space today.

President of Scarmor from 2013 to 2022

But this transfer will miss Henri, his father, who died three weeks previously. Another adventure awaits Rémy Jestin and not the least: he will be president of Scarmor, the purchasing center for Leclerc stores in Finistère, Côtes-d’Armor and Morbihan, with 43 stores under his control, from 2013 to 2022.

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Rémy and Clément Jestin, here alongside their employees, are proud of the atmosphere that reigns within their company, at the E.Leclerc Center in Ploudalmézeau.

Clément, his son, will take over. He was prepared for it. At 33, he has already made his way in the Leclerc group, with two years spent at the Kermené slaughterhouse, three at Scarmor and four between the Leclercs of Concarneau and Limoges, in Haute-Vienne. He has been director here in Ploudalmézeau since September 2022.

“In entrepreneurship, you don’t do a 100m but a marathon,” concludes Rémy Jestin. Clément, for his part, displays his objective: “To perpetuate the family business and continue its development”.

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