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Auchan to open second outlet in Romania

French retailer Auchan has said it will invest €40 million ($54.4 million) on its second outlet in Romania, which will be situated in the northwestern city of Targu Mures.

The hypermarket will begin operations in autumn 2007, and will have a sales area of 8,500 sq m. Auchan plans to open other three outlets in Romania, in Cluj-Napoca, Pitesti and Bucharest, in the second half of 2007, while in 2008 it will open stores in Constanta and Timisoara. MGV Distri-Hiper Romania, the operator of the first Auchan hypermarket, reported a loss of €4 million for 2006, on revenues of €19 million ($25.8 million). (