French food chain expands in Siberia
Alpi has 28 superstores and is estimated to be worth between $US 450 and $US 500 million.
Last year Auchan took over Moscow supermarket chain Ramstore. Buying 10 stores for $US 280.6 million.
Alpi is believed to be the biggest retailer in Siberia, making it a prime target for Auchan, which has yet to get a foothold in Krasnoyarsk.
Auchan already owns 25 hypermarkets in Moscow, St.Petersburg, Nizhniy Novgorod, Krasnodar and Ekaterinburg.
Kommersant reports that the Alpi group is heavily in debt to suppliers and banks, and is looking for buyer for its hypermarket business.