Gérard Mulliez opens the first store in Roubaix (Northern France), in the “Hauts Champs” district, from which the company takes its name.
First Auchan hypermarket opens in Roncq (Northern France).
From hypermarket to shopping centre: the Englos mall (close to Lille, Northern France) brings together 30 shops – a first for Europe.
Creation of Immochan, the Group’s real estate subsidiary.
Employee share ownership scheme launched in France.
Beginnings of international growth, with the creation of Alcampo in Spain.
The robin nesting in the A of Auchan becomes the chain’s symbol. Dawn of the “Vie Auchan”.
Creation of Banque Accord, the Group’s banking subsidiary.
Auchan crossed the Alps and opens its first hypermarket in Italy.
Launch of Alinéa.
A year of historic expansion:
Creation of the Auchan Youth Foundation.
Partnership with Rinascente Group in Italy and beginning of the Italian supermarket business under the Sma banner.
Auchan arrives in Hungary.
First hypermarkets open in China. First “Les Halles d’Auchan” discount store in France. Launch of Auchan-brand products.
Auchan France creates Auchan Drive, a drive-through service.
Alliance with RT Mart in China; acquisition of RT Mart hypermarkets in Taiwan. First supermarkets in Poland: acquisition of Billa stores, which become part of the Elea chain.
Beginnings of e-commerce, with the opening of the webstore Auchandirect, serving the Paris region.
Banque Accord opens in Poland and Spain.
First Auchan hypermarkets in Russia.
Banque Accord opens for business in Italy and Hungary.
Legal restructuring of the Group into 4 divisions: hypermarkets, supermarkets, Banque Accord and Immochan.
In France, Chronodrive opens its first site: customers order online and collect their purchases at a pickup point.
Creation of the Atak supermarket chain in Russia and Atak in Poland. Opening of BA Finans, the Russian subsidiary of Banque Accord.
Change of generation at the Group supervisory board: Vianney Mulliez takes over from Gérard Mulliez.
Creation of Auchan.fr and Auchan Télécom.
Partnership in Romania: opening of an Auchan hypermarket.
Creation of Banque Accord subsidiaries in China and in Romania.
In Portugal, the online sales site @Jumbo opens.
Opening of Ukraine’s first Auchan hypermarket, in Kiev.
The Simply Market chain completes its rollout in France, Italy, Spain and Poland.
Creation of a fifth business line dedicated to E-commerce.
Groupe Auchan celebrates is first 50 years.
Growth goes on: signature of a partnership in Tunisia with SMG; acquisition of the 95 Real hypermarkets in Eastern Europe from METRO GROUP.
Integration of the Real hypermarkets in Ukraine, Russia and Romania.
Integration of the Real hypermarkets in Poland. Signature with CT Group of a partnership agreement in Vietnam.
Groupe Auchan is reorganized and becomes Auchan Holding, organised around Auchan Retail, Immochan and Oney Banque Accord.