The Auchan store has a large grocery component with a wideinventory of foods, fish, cheese and produce, combined with adiscount store selling apparel, shoes, furniture, electronics andvarious household goods. Auchan also carries a large supply of beerand wines. The store is located at 6058 South Loop near Long Dr.The space was formerly used as a Target store and a flea marketbefore it was taken over by Auchan and renovated.


The new Auchan supplies more momentum to an economic turn-aroundthat has been occurring in the closed-in southeast area. Theneighborhood had been somewhat depressed economically and a numberof stores and businesses had shut down there in recent years.


Today, Home Depot and Lowe's Home Improvement are building newstores in the immediate vicinity and Wulfe & Co. isredeveloping the old Gulfgate shopping center at the intersectionof the Gulf Freeway and the South Loop.


Auchan opened its other Houston location about 12 years ago inwest Houston. Auchan, which has more than 200 stores in Europe, haslong-term plans to construct a few more stores in Houston beforeexpanding to other Texas cities, a company spokesman said. Auchanhas made inroads in appealing to Houston's ethnically diversepopulation.

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