Our vision on the retail business
Entrepreneurial spirit and clear vision for healthy and future-oriented store formulas
MRG is one of the largest retail companies in the Netherlands, specialised in making retail formulas healthy and future-oriented.
Our entrepreneurial spirit and clear vision are our strengths. We are experts in acquisitions, transformation and optimisation. Combined with our strength in logistics and omnichannel, we achieve more than just financial growth. We create future-proof organisations and jobs for over 8,000 employees.
We anticipate new developments in retail and the changing needs of consumers. This is how we improve shop formulas and introduce innovative concepts and continue to surprise consumers.
Every day, around 300,000 customers visit our Blokker, BCC, Intertoys and MINISO shop formulas.
We can be successful with all our stakeholders, by flexibly anticipating change. Our customers find what they need from us and our employees, suppliers and partners, working together optimally. In this way, we overcome challenges together and achieve sustainable growth.
MRG wants to make a positive impact on the Dutch retail landscape by surprising the market with relevant and forward-looking retail formulas. In this way, the shopping street will remain a special place for all of us.
MRG's strategy is aimed at making iconic retail formulas healthy and future-oriented. Our entrepreneurial spirit and clear vision are our strength. We are experts in acquisitions, transformation and optimisation. Combined with our strength in logistics and omnichannel, we achieve more than just financial growth. We create future-oriented organisations, jobs for over 8,000 employees, and therefore make a substantial contribution to the Dutch economy.
Together, MRG and its subsidiary organisations employ approximately 8,000 employees. The strategy, operation and purchasing for all store formulas are organised from the service office in Amsterdam.
The organisation is led by a compact Board of Directors. Michiel Witteveen (Chief Executive Officer), Egbert Abrahams (Chief Financial Officer), Ynse Stapert (Chief Business Development Officer), Jeanine Holscher (CEO Blokker), Caspar Klinkhamer (CEO BCC) and Eddy Assies (CEO Intertoys).
This team works together in a goal-oriented and cross-functional manner. The Executive Board gives employees the confidence to take initiative, make decisions and act quickly. In this way, MRG stimulates individual leadership, entrepreneurship, cost-consciousness and optimal cooperation. As a result, a successful development has started, and we are working hard to achieve organic growth and long-term success.
Michiel Witteveen has taken over what was then Blokker Holding and was appointed CEO of MRG in 2018. Witteveen is an entrepreneur, partner in Investore Holding and investor. Michiel Witteveen has extensive expertise in retail and real estate. In the past he was active as Chairman of the Supervisory Board at, among others, Scotch & Soda and Ace & Tate. He was also owner and CEO of Toys "R" Us Netherlands.
Egbert Abrahams was appointed CFO of MRG in 2019. Abrahams was previously active as CFO of Intertoys and Finance Director at FrieslandCampina. Abrahams brings great experience in financial strategic management and M&A.
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Ynse Stapert was appointed Chief Business Development Officer of MRG in 2019. Stapert has a background as a lawyer and was previously active as Head of Legal & Business Development at Scotch & Soda, General Counsel at Euro Media Group and Corporate/M&A lawyer at CMS.