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Auchan hypermarkets and supermarkets in Dubai

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Auchan hypermarkets in Dubai and UAE

Auchan is a French hypermarket chain which, together with Retailcorp World (previously Nakheel Retail), is planning to open up Auchan stores in Nakheel Properties developments in Dubai, with expansion to other areas in the GCC region. Which we're looking forward too - we like Auchan the most out of the French hypermarket chains. Disappointingly though, the first Auchan that opened in Dragonmart is more like a clone of the other UAE hypermarkets than the original Auchan stores in France.

Auchan hypermarket in Dragonmart Dubai closed in November or December 2010 with no plans to reopen that store. Unknown if Auchan will be looking to open again in another location in the UAE.

According to a Reuters report 18 July 2008 and statements from Graham Dreverman, Managing Director of Nakheel:

Auchan DragonMart

Auchan Dragonmart is much like the UAE Carrefour or Geant stores, although prices seem slightly cheaper (a very unscientific opinion based on one visit). Probably not enough of a difference to make a special trip worth while, and nothing obviously different in the range of products available - which seems quite limited compared to the the Auchan stores in France.

Nakheel developments in Dubai

Nakheel developments completed or at least with substantial progress and residents as of mid-2009 include (which is where Auchan stores are likely to first open, if they do):

Auchan expansion plans
Retail Corp World

Press release 29 October 2009 (about the official opening of the Dragon Mart Auchan) referred to as a joint venture between Auchan Group, and

Retailcorp World as a division of Dubai World (which is the parent company of Nakheel Properties). Retailcorp World is the new name for Nakheel Retail, and includes the divisions Hypercorp, Retailcorp Brands, Retailcorp Brands South Africa, Retailcorp Distribution, and Retailcorp Malls.

Last update Friday 04-Feb-2011
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