The first European example of Auchan’s micro-store Auchan Minute is expected to open in March at the company headquarters in Villeneuve d'Ascq. The concept will be similar to those currently operational in China, where Auchan plans more than 750 of the 18 m² boxes offering 500 SKUs, that use app-based smartphone functionality for entry and payment.
Auchan also revealed the location and likely opening date for the first of 50 urban farms the group intends to roll out in the coming years adjacent to hypers and stores in France. The first will be at Faches-Thumesnil, a suburb of Lille, with an opening scheduled for March 2020. (www.kantarretailiq.com)