Auchan is a French hypermarket chain, which operates in 13 countries. At Auchan has approximately 700 hypermarkets, 750 supermarkets (as of 2013) as well as smaller supermarkets.
The company name was due to the first business location, as Gérard Mulliez (now company president ) and his 30 employees on the Hauts Champs in Roubaix (France ) 1961 recorded the work in a former factory. Just six years later the company to open more stores began.
Auchan has branches in the following countries today:
- China ( see Sun Art Retail Group )
- Taiwan (see Sun Art Retail Group )
Takeover of Eastern Europe business from Real
Based in the French Croix retail chain Auchan was on 30 November 2012, the acquisition of real- supermarkets by METRO GROUP in Central and Eastern Europe known. The agreement shall enter into force after the approval of the competition authorities in the various countries in 2013. Auchan takes over from the Metro Group 's operating business and the real estate in Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine for 1.1 billion euros. After the acquisition, the business will operate under the name Auchan.
Real made in the four countries in 2011 a turnover of almost 2.6 billion Euros without VAT, worked for the company on site 20,000 of the total 70,000 employees. Prior to the acquisition Auchan included in the four countries 98 supermarkets with 65,000 employees.