Mondadori Retail

The new Mondadori Megastore opens tomorrow in via San Pietro all’Orto in Milan

Tomorrow sees the opening, in centre of Milan, of the new Mondadori Megastore in via San Pietro all’Orto 11. A place for encounters between people and with books where the buying experience becomes a voyage of exploration and discovery: as well as books, the core of the store’s assortment, visitors will also find a range of entertainment offers, services and a Café area.


The Megastore in via San Pietro all’Orto is the first example of bookstore with an innovative concept in the layout and a different formula in the assortment. The opening of this new outlet, alongside the Duomo and via Marghera stores in the city, is a continuation of the consolidation plan for the Retail activities of the Mondadori Group, which has the most extensive network of bookstores in Italy, with over 600 outlets around the country.

“The launch of the new format Megastore in San Pietro all’Orto is an important step in the development process of our activities in the Retail sector, one of our core businesses,” declared Ernesto Mauri, chief executive of the Mondadori Group. “We are leader in the book market and, for a publisher like us, being able to depend on a such an extensive chain of bookshops across the country is certainly an enormous strategic asset and a privileged way of being in direct contact with consumers, given that, every year, over 20 million people come into our stores and speak to us.” Mauri concluded.



“The development of the offer, the buying experience, the enhancement of the product, services and a comfortable environment: these are the key elements that have inspired us in the work of innovating the traditional bookshop and making it a model that enables us to get closer, and with greater frequency and satisfaction, to the worlds of culture and entertainment,” explained Mario Maiocchi, managing director of Mondadori Retail.

The design and layout of the Mondadori Megastore in San Pietro all’Orto was overseen with Mondadori Retail by the Milan-based design studio Migliore + Servetto Architects. On three levels and with a total floor space of 750 square metres, the store is characterised by a display system that with a light-touch design and rich chromatic feel and materials, highlights the real protagonists, books, which visitors are invited to touch, open and look through. A broad central staircase creates a vertical link between the three levels and leads the visitor through a ambience marked by the contemporary and the traditional where the red of Mondadori – the distinguishing element of the staircase and all of the signage – mixes with the green and the white of the metal fittings.

The design combines welcome areas with displays to create an innovative relationship with visitors who are free to move around according to their needs and interests. The Mondadori Megastore is a place to spend time and to return to, for those who love reading with comfortable chairs and a wide assortment that ranges from literature to comics and foreign-language books, organised as follows:



  • the ground floor is home to the MARKETPLACE, with the most recent publications, stationery and gift box selections, as well as technology products, alongside a new customer assistance and after-sales service Help;
  • the first floor is devoted to BOOKS&CAFÉ, where the store’s extensive book offer is located, with the Comics area and stationery store, as well as the Mondadori Café, developed along with Cibiamogroup, a leading company in quality fast food services: an area of encounter, inside the store, where adults and children, from 9 am until 11 pm everyday, will find selected products and simple recipes, all reflective of the best Italian tradition. The Café will also host meetings with authors and book presentations;
  • the lower-ground floor also has a KIDS zone for children and teenagers: an area that brings together the physical and digital dimension thanks to touchwalls, designed to amuse and stimulate the imaginations of young readers through drawing and group games.


And the focus on the customer doesn’t end with the physical space of the Megastore, but also comes alive through an integrated system of digital services and tools linked to the web site and, from today, with the new Mondadori Card app, available for both Apple and Android smartphones, which allows Mondadori Card holders to manage, even more conveniently than before, their profile and with the new store locator function, to receive information about events and initiatives in their nearest Mondadori store. Customers of the store will also soon be able to access the new book on demand service which offers readers a catalogue of over 7 million titles from across the world.

Mario Maiocchi is the new Chief Executive of Mondadori Direct S.p.A.

Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. has today announced the appointment, with immediate effect, of Mario Maiocchi as chief executive of Mondadori Direct S.p.A., a company of the Mondadori Group – led by chief executive Ernesto Mauri – that operates in the retail sector.

Mondadori Direct, which operates across the country through a chain of over 550 shops – either wholly owned bookstores, of which 8 are multicenters, or franchised outlets – and online with the site, which in 2012 generated total revenues of €245 million.

The board of directors of Mondadori Direct S.p.A. has at the same time appointed Mario Resca as chairman. Resca who, among other things, boasts an extensive and consolidated experience in Italian and international retailing was the man behind the McDonald’s phenomenon in Italy.

Maiocchi, 57, who was born in Bolzano and has a degree in economics and business administration from Milan’s Bocconi University, has had a significant career in different companies, both in Italy and abroad. He began his career at 3M Italia, moving in 1985 to Control Data Corporation, then Nashua and, in 1990, EMI Music. From 1998 Maiocchi occupied a series of positions with growing responsibility at the Metro Group, until 2008 when he was appointed chief executive of Unieuro, part of the European Dixons Retail Group where, in 2010, he was appointed managing director for South Europe.

Mondadori warmly thanks Renato Rodenghi, who leaves his operating responsibilities after having, in a long career in the Group, made a significant contribution to the development of Italy’s largest bookshop chain and the birth of a multi-channel system for the offline and online sale of mainly media products.

Mondadori formalizes acquisition Messaggerie Musicali

The Group reinforces its position in Milan and Rome with more than 25,000 square metres of new retail space in the two cities

Following appropriate authorisations from the Italian competition body, Mondadori Retail S.p.A., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A., today finalised the definitive agreement for the acquisition of the entire share capital of Messaggerie Musicali S.p.A.

The operation was completed in line with the preliminary agreement signed on 22 November and previously announced to the market. The value of the transaction is €24 million.

The acquisition of Messaggerie Musicali will allow Mondadori to add to its existing network the two megastores – which will be managed directly by Mondadori – in Via del Corso in Rome and Corso Vittorio Emanuele/Galleria del Corso in Milan, further developing its position in two cities of particular relevance and expanding its assortment of books and multimedia products.

In addition, Milan will also see the opening in the spring of 2007 of a new megastore – the Duomo Center – in Piazza del Duomo, in a prestigious location of architectural value.

The inclusion in the Mondadori chain of outlets of this new sales outlet and the store in Corso Vittorio Emanuele/Galleria del Corso will result in a significant increase in the sales space dedicated to books and multimedia products, which, including the existing Multicenter in Via Berchet, in the centre of Milan alone will rise from 2,500 to over 10,000 square metres.

Overall the network of retail outlets operated by Mondadori in Milan and Rome will amount to a floor space of over 25,000 square metres.

In the context of the Group’s development plan in the retail sector and the optimisation of its presence in the Milan area, Mondadori Retail has also reached an agreement for the sale, to Corso Vittorio Emanuele 2428 Retail S.r.l., at a price of €14.25 million, of the business activity in the retail space currently occupied by the Libreria Mondadori bookstore in Largo Corsia dei Servi in Milan.

The activities of the bookstore will move to the nearby Messaggerie Musicali store in Corso Vittorio Emanuele, and will provide customers with an expanded offer along with a marked continuation of service.