Carrefour has opened a new distribution centre to service stores in Spain and Portugal.

The 33 million euros centre in Azuqueca de Henares,Spain, will complement Carrefour's distribution facilities in Barcelona and Madrid, servicing 30 stores in Spain and four in Portugal.

Management of the centre has been outsourced to Hays Logistics.

Separately, Carrefour announced its middle east franchisee Majid Al-Futtaim, has opened the first Carrefour store in Egypt this month in Cairo.

A second Egyptian store will open in early 2003 in Alexandria, while a third is scheduled to open at the end of 2004 along the road to Suez, east of Cairo.