Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale In Non-Specialised Stores
47.1 - Retail sale in non-specialised stores

462 - 475 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
780 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
2 March 2017
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2017
Foreseen end date
31 December 2017


The retail chain Auchan has announced a modernisation plan of its shops, resulting in the creation of 318 positions in 2017.  The group will invest  EUR 1.3 billion in its 126 "hypermarkets" and "supermarkets" including 256 shops under the brand SimplyMarket. 60% of the investments aims to modernise the shops and 10% will be focused on digitalisation. The chain will also create a shared services centre in Villeneuve-d’Ascq to centralise support functions. But the job losses that will occur will be compensated by the job creation resulting from the modernisation plan so that the management announced a job net creation of 318 positions within the Auchan group. According to the data provided to the central works council, the centralisation of support function will lead to 462 job cuts while 780 positions will be created in the framework of the modernisation. In total, the plan will lead to 318 job net creations. The union CFDT disagrees with the data and expect 869 job cuts and 475 job creation with a total of job net losses of 394. More clarification are expected at the next central works council on 22 March 2017. The goup employs 73,000 people but face a slightly decline of its turnover (-2.7% in 2015).


  • 2 March 2017: La Voix du Nord
  • 2 March 2017: Boursier.com


Eurofound (2017), Auchan Retail France, Internal restructuring in France, factsheet number 90422, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/90422.