SAO PAULO and NEW YORK, Nov. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Grupo St. Marche ("St. Marche"), the supermarket chain that introduced a superior, innovative shopping experience to the food retail segment in Sao Paulo, today announced a significant growth capital investment by L Catterton, the largest consumer-focused private equity firm in the world. L Catterton's investment will be used to support and accelerate St. Marche's continued growth in Brazil. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. St. Marche currently has 18 supermarket stores under the St. Marche brand and one emporium under the Empório Santa Maria brand. In 2015, St. Marche partnered with Eataly to launch and operate stores under the Eataly brand in Brazil. The first Eataly location opened in Sao Paulo in May 2015. St. Marche attracts customers with its pleasant shopping environment in convenient locations, offering outstanding customer service, high quality products and a wide selection of uniquely curated merchandise. St. Marche is focused on providing an excellent in-store shopping experience while offering quality products for both day-to-day purchases as well as special occasions. Since its founding in 2002 by Bernardo Ouro Preto and Victor Leal, St. Marche has experienced rapid growth across the city of Sao Paulo. With a significant number of untapped markets and an increasing demand for high-end, specialty supermarkets, St. Marche and L Catterton see an opportunity to continue the company's rapid growth through organic expansion. Mr. Ouro Preto and Mr. Leal will remain as co-CEOs of St. Marche.