Hypermarket: Auchan!

So weird but just came up with the nostalgia of many trips in Europe especially France, Spain, and Luxembourg where we shop of a favorite hypermarket not found in my current neck of the woods of Brittany, but always on the lookout for it anywhere.  I like to bring back souvenirs of our trips and tell you and remind me of the Auchan hypermarkets or Alcampo as known in Spain.

While we started out with them in the Yvelines dept 78 of the Ïle de France region near Paris we really enjoyed them very much and became our supermarket for sundry items (the meats, cheeses, fruits etc we purchase in local markets). It became a routine affair of ours to do and plan the shopping so we have time to sightseeing as well. Auchan was our hypermarket, and now let me share some properties I have written before on my previous trip posts but would like to make one post to them here.

First a bit of history on Auchan:

Auchan is a supermarket chain belonging to the Mulliez Family Association. The brand  was founded and managed by Gérard Mulliez in 1961 until 2006. In 2018, it is the twelfth largest distributor in the world, and the sixth largest French distributor.  Gérard Mulliez opens the first Auchan store in a disused factory of the Phildar company, founded by his father, also named Gerard. Covering an area of ​​600 m2, this store was located in the district of Hauts-Champs, Roubaix (Nord 59). This store had to be abandoned in the 1980s because it wasnot  competitive with the one that had been built in Leers (Nord 59). The building was shaved to make way for a more modern store in 2003.

In 1981, Auchan created the Alcampo brand in Spain. In 1983, Auchan created Banque Accord, the group’s banking subsidiary. In 1989, Auchan opened its first hypermarket in Italy, and  in 1996,  opened hypermarkets in Luxembourg and Poland. In 1998 Auchan opened its first hypermarket in Hungary and Thailand. In 2004, the first Auchan hypermarket is opened in China. In 2006, the first Auchan hypermarket opened in Romania. In 2016, Auchan’s first hypermarket was inaugurated in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, and Auchan moved to Senegal. In 2019 withdraw from Italy with the sale of almost all of its subsidiary. Auchan announces to withdraw also from Vietnam. Its 2018 turnover is 50.3 billion euros, including more than 50% realized abroad. The Auchan group’s main shareholder is the Mulliez family association (AFM), founded and run by the Mulliez family, a family from the north of France. The participation in the Auchan group is the largest in the association which also has shares in other brands such as Banque Accord, Décathlon, Leroy Merlin, Kiabi, Norauto, Boulanger, Saint Maclou, Flunch, Alinéa, GrosBill, and Pimkie.

Official Auchan stores

Official Auchan holding group

And to share some of the properties dear to me over the years and hope you can stop by and enjoy them too. Many nice memories with my family that still hold strong today even stronger without my dear late wife Martine.

We always love to shop at Auchan, and we have good souvenirs of our shopping on the road warrior trips such as in Pau. The CC Auchan in a wonderful place with all you need including Micromania ,and Flunch cafeteria, nice refreshing site to relax after a long day of sightseeing and very close to our hotel and in out of the city into our sightseeing mode! The store is here: https://www.auchan.fr/magasins/pau/sl-82


Another spot we love and had come even recently again to Saint Nazaire. We came first here and on our way back , we just did our groceries at Auchan, area of Trignac, heck its only 110 kms from us so on a cool day it was no problems, love it! More on it here: https://www.auchan.fr/magasins/trignac-st-nazaire/sl-35

You will love the centre commercial  Quatre Temps (shopping center) at La Défense,  its one of the best in the area. You have 219 stores, 46 restaurants, and 28 cinema showing rooms! Last count and all surrounded by a great public transportation hub and the Arche de la Défense tower . You have shopping galore at the Auchan hypermarket!  For detail info Auchan is here:  https://www.auchan.fr/magasins/la-defense/sl-31

The Centre Commercial Quatre Temps is here: https://www.les4temps.com/stores

The Centro Comercial “Parque Corredor” has an hypermarket Alcampo (from the French chain Auchan), and more than 180 stores.  By car as we do mostly is on the road M-108 Carretera or highway of Ajalvir-Torrejon between Km 2 and km 5 well posted on the road. You can go here by bus from Madrid Estacion America on bus 224 and then change in Torrejon de Ardoz for bus 254.For info on  Auchan here: https://www.alcampo.es/empresa/tienda/torrejon-de-ardoz

The webpage for the Parque Corredor how to get there is here :  https://parque-corredor.com/como-llegar/

The shopping center or centre commercial Les 3 Fontaines  in Cergy ( 95)  were a favorite for the grocery shopping at Auchan right off the A15 autoroute , and other stores as well as the best Hertz rental in the area while we lived not far.  More on Auchan here: https://www.auchan.fr/magasins/cergy/sl-49

The CC Les 3 Fontaines easy from Paris on the train from St Lazare or the RER A, info is here: https://www.3fontaines.com/infos-pratiques/comment-syrendre

And in our beloved Cuenca ,Castilla La Mancha, Spain, we love it as base on a house in the mountains outside the town, we came regularly to shop here and very nice selection and nice bakeries too in the shopping center around Auchan. Oops it is call here AlCampo ,and have discounts for gas/petrol with the shopping ticket!!!. More info on Alcampo here: https://www.alcampo.es/empresa/tienda/Cuenca

The Centro Comercial (shopping center)  Alcampo info is here:  https://ccalcampocuenca.es/es/localizacion



You have a huge supermarket AlCampo at the wonderful in Madrid shopping center la Vaguada by metro line 9 Barrio del Pinar. This is a wonderful shopping center that I encourage you to take a look. In a nice residential area of my beloved Madrid. The Alcampo info is here: https://www.alcampo.es/empresa/tienda/vaguada

The Vaguada shopping center info is here: https://enlavaguada.com/en/la-vaguada/#ubicacion

This is a memorable trip we used to make even for lunch same day when we lived in Versailles! And we came back for vacation from Brittany and of course stop here again. This is the Kirchberg district,outside city center Luxembourg surrounded by  many European Union institutions. However, for the shopping center ,the Auchan hypermarket and the cinema next door is tops. Easy out by bus no 16 from city center and we have gone several times by car with a nice underground parking. The wonderful  Auchan hypermarket is here:  https://www.auchan.lu/fr/Magasins/magasin-kirchberg

The centre commercial Kirchberg with directions is here: https://kirchberg-shopping.lu/fr/access/infos

And last but not least; we have found the closest we think to us is in Saint Sébastian sur Loire just over the side of Nantes in the Loire Atlantique dept 44 of Pays de la Loire. We went in the Auchan hypermarket of Saint Sebastian sur Loire as it was on our way home on the N844 ,and did our groceries!!! Now we are planning doing shopping there too. Auchan is getting closer to us. Enjoy the Auchan info here: Auchan Saint Sebastian sur Loire store

The shopping center at Saint Sébastian sur Loire info here: Shopping center Auchan of Saint Sébastian sur Loire

saint sebastian sur loire

There you go, because even visiting many times you need to buy groceries and sundry items and these are the best places to get them quickly. The Auchan experience is tops. Enjoy it

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!

3 Comments to “Hypermarket: Auchan!”

  1. It is our favourite supermarket chain and the branch at Boulogne-sur-Mer is always our first and last big shopping trip everytime we come to France. 👍

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