RETIF operates 89 cash and carry stores selling equipment and consumables to retail stores.
The chain is primarily based in France, but also has operations in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and the UK. RETIF carries a comprehensive range of over 7,000 products including display units and shelving as well as decoration, packaging, stationery, cleaning and labelling products.
Equistone invested in this tertiary buyout as part of a syndicate led by ABN Amro. In September 2007, management and ABN Amro sold the business to a syndicate of private equity firms led by Pragma Capital. Equistone reinvested in the new buyout.
Equistone sold its Fund II investment in RETIF in December 2013.