Auchan (French pronunciation: [oʃɑ̃]) is a French multinational retail group headquartered in Croix, France.[2] It was founded in 1961 by Gérard Mulliez and is owned by Mulliez Family, which has 95% stake in the company.[3] With 354,851 employees, of which 261,000 have 5% stake in the company, it is the 35th largest employer in the world.

Auchan Retail International S.A.
TypePrivate company, SA
Founded1961; 60 years ago (1961)
Roubaix, France
FounderGérard Mulliez
Number of locations
Area served
France, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Russia, Ukraine, China, Taiwan, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates
Key people
Edgard Bonte (Chairman)
ProductsHypermarket, Supermarket, Convenience store
Revenue 50,986 million (2018)[1]
€–857 million (2018)[1]
€–946 million (2018)[1]
Total assets €35,935 million (2018)[1]
Total equity €7,939 billion (2018)[1]
Number of employees
354,851 (2018)
ParentAuchan Holding (Mulliez Family)
Auchan hypermarket in Coquelles, Calais, France

The name comes from the first Auchan shop in Roubaix in the district of Hauts-Champs, the pronunciation of which is identical to that of "Auchan".[4]

The holding company, Auchan Holding, includes Auchan Retail International, Ceetrus, which operates shopping centers and Oney, which offers financial services. It operates as Alcampo in Spain ("al campo" is the literal Spanish translation of the French "au champ"), Auchan in Portugal, Aшан (Ashan) in Russia and Ukraine, and through a joint-venture as RT-Mart in China (Auchan brand is also used) and Taiwan.

As of 2019, Auchan is one of the world's largest retailers with a direct presence in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Hungary, and China.