Retail, where are we heading? The new 7,500m² E. Leclerc hypermarket answers this question from its location in the north of Moulins, a commune in central France with a population of around 20,000. The future is uptrade.
The planning stages for the shopping centre lasted 10 years and it now covers a total of 20,000m², with E. Leclerc as the flagship store. Jean-Paul Oger, manager of E. Leclerc in Moulins, was the driving force and key decision-maker behind the vast project with capital expenditure of €50 million. The retail genius is a man of energy and enthusiasm, above all for architecture and new ideas.
Back in Moulins, a marketplace of ideas for food and non-foods was born, paused briefly for breath and then immersed itself in the future of retail.
The architecture with ceilings of up to nine metres, together with 1,400 LED spotlights and spacious aisles is breathtaking. The interior in subtle shades with a huge amount of wood and glass creates a feel-good atmosphere.