Cesson-Sevigné ! of course…..

Ok sorry for my uncreative titles huh! well this is something that I need to tell you as it is one of our past times here in my belle France and lovely Brittany.  We go around a lot here by car and walks in town and never cease to amaze me the diversity on how one can spent a day.

I used to come to the town of Cesson-Sevigné searching for fresh local produce anywhere away from supermarket industrial kind which yes matilda exist in France too. My dear late wife Martine found it and we came to try it. It was very good but too far to do groceries about 1h30 from home. We stop coming for a while and today decided to give it a run in combination with some walks in beautiful Rennes. It was scorching hot at 34C or about 94F! but we did as much as possible on the walks. Needless to tell you , Rennes city center was packed.

We went in Rennes by the Place du Champs to réveille at the wonderful statue of Jean Leperdit and the wooden houses all around it. Continue to the Marché des Lices vibrant pack as always, and took another turn at the Basilica Notre Dame de Bonne Nouvelle. All again while supporting the heat and sunrays. There was in addition to the market traffic , heavy construction renovation all over including our favorite rue de Saint Malo, completely broken up for renovation. Why a bit on Rennes because Cesson-Sévigne is next to it…

Let me tell you a bit on Cesson-Sevigné quand même lol! Cesson-Sévigné  is located in the department of Ille-et-Vilaine 35, in the Brittany region. Contiguous to Rennes, criss cross by the Vilaine river, the city remained mostly rural. The town is located on the eastern edge of the city of Rennes and is surrounded by the eastern ring road. Because of this urban continuity with Rennes, Cesson-Sévigné became the sixth city of dept 35 Ille-et-Vilaine, behind Rennes, Saint-Malo, Fougères, Vitré and Bruz.

Cesson-Sévigné is mainly served by buses from the public transport service network of the Rennes metropolitan area (STAR) of Rennes Metropole, therefore, very well serve. There is a train station here on the TGV line Paris-Montparnasse to Brest (mine too ::)). It is served by regional express trains of the TER Bretagne network, running between Rennes and Vitré. We of course, come by car. We do our small walks in Rennes even if today was very high 34C , and then come here for the shopping at Grand Frais once in a while as it is 1h30 from home. We go along the Rennes rocade sud on the N136 to exit/sortie 1 Porte de la Rigoudiere, the store is on next traffic circle next to a Brico Depot store and the Ford Cesson Sevigne dealer.

A bit on the Grand Frais or big fresh story : Grand Frais  is the supermarket brand, founded on May 1, 1992 by Denis Dumont and specializing in fresh produce and groceries around the world. In a covered hall, the Grand Frais stores present five offerings in one place: fruits and vegetables, grocery stores around the world, butchers, fishmongers and creamery/cheeses. Butchery and creamery are usually run by local professionals. A partnership has developed with the Despi group for the butchery and with the Marie Blachère group for the bakery. In 2010, Grand Frais opened 94 stores, each with an average area of 1,000 square sq metres in 40 departments of France. In April 2013, Grand Frais, which has 131 stores, set up shop abroad in Messancy, Belgium. As of May 2019, the group has 222 stores throughout Metropolitan France.


Official webpage of Grand Frais Cesson Sevigné

Cesson sevigne

One of the main reason to come here other than the fresh produce is the butcher shop , unique. This is a bit of their story.

Born into a farming family, Louis Despinasse founded his butchery in 1933, Rue Charles de Gaulle in Saint Etienne (dept 42). In 1985, the owner of Fruteco submitted the idea of bringing all the fresh produce under one roof. He then proposed a partnership to Jean-Michel Despinasse (son of founder). They will then be the forerunners of the concept of the Halles or market such as Grand Frais (big fresh). It was in 2003 that the Despi Butchery was created. The Grand Frais ones then begin to bloom a little everywhere. In 2007, 34 are built in 1 year! In less than 10 years, more than 100 stores have opened. The 100th Grand Frais opened its doors in Firminy in the Loire (42) at the source of the group! Today the Despi Group is 300 stores: 30 butcher shops of semi-proximity name boucherie Despi; 110 Grand Frais (of which the butcheries are inside) ; 160 ED and DIA inexpensive grocery chains; and a 20,000 m2 production platform.

Official Despi butchery on Grand Frais store at Cesson Sevigné

Cesson sevigne

There you go a dandy best of France produce with a bit of old world touch, the country of Cesson-Sevigne and the hustle of the city of Rennes, one two cheers! Hope you enjoy the post and think of a trip for shopping when staying in a place you need groceries etc.

PS on way home heavy traffic as behold the quarter final women world cup game between Germany and Sweden was played at Rennes stadium!!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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