The Grand Marché MIN in Toulouse is looking forward to 2022 with optimism. The projects are numerous and its growth sustained. In 2020, 170 companies were tenants, an increase of 10% compared to the previous year.
The “belly of Toulouse” looks to the future with serenity and has four thousand projects for the months to come. “The turnover of the Grand Marché only fell by 3.5% at the height of the health crisis, against 10% on average for most companies,” says Dominique Batani, president of the Grand Marché MIN Toulouse Occitanie .
“For 2021, overall turnover should increase because there is a return to normal, also rejoices Maguelone Pontier, director. The crisis has allowed a creative impetus: we go to 170 companies, an increase of 10%, the increase in our buyers is 8%, while for the first time, the number of producers is stable. “
“An ultra-innovative ecosystem” at the heart of the Grand Marché
Among the major projects that will punctuate the end of 2021 and 2022, we can notably mention the installation of an urban logistics platform dedicated to delivery, and the creation of a new space dedicated to services. Over 850 square meters, six poles of expertise will open their doors in January 2022: a communication and marketing pole, an employment and training pole, a product pole offering the marketing of food products, an innovation pole, a support services pole, and finally a health and well-being center. “It is an ultra-innovative ecosystem due to the diversity of what it offers. I am not sure that such a third party exists in the heart of a large market, ”says the director.
Entrepreneurs newly installed at the MIN will be able to benefit from this ecosystem. Marie Franco is one of the newcomers. This very dynamic thirty-something has created Anselme’s counter three years ago and moved to the Grand Marché last June. His company, which already employs four people, delivers local products to Toulouse residents with the lowest possible mileage index. “I suggested to a member of Parliament who is visiting me last year that all the products in the supermarket have this clue. “
Concern for the environment and the local is also what motivates Simon and Samuel Helua, founders of Cages Market, a sort of local online supermarket that will launch on November 8. “The goal is to consume better and save time. Our strength is to bring together all the daily courses on a single site, we have 500 references, not just food products. We work as soon as possible in Occitania and make deliveries by electric bicycle, ”says Samuel. Their company delivers to individuals in Toulouse and the surrounding area.