Retailer Mega Image, part of Belgian group Delhaize, will be opening nine new stores by the end of this year and will end 2014 with a network of 410 stores, writes Mediafax. One of the most important inaugurations is the one scheduled for December 30, when Mega Image will unveil a new 1,200 square meter supermarket in the former Eva store on Magheru boulevard in downtown Bucharest.
The Eva store, famous during Communism as one of Bucharest’s most trendy fashion outlets, had previously been used by Diverta for one of their biggest bookshops but had to be closed down due to poor sales. The former Eva shop is owned by investment fund BlueHouse Capital, which took it over in 2007.
Also on December 30, Mega Image will open four other units in the Capital of Romania: two supermarkets in Lacul Morii and Branesti and two Shop&Go stores on Floruta Ion street and in Pantelimon. For the last day of the year, the retailer will inaugurate another Mega Image unit on Dinicu Golescu boulevard.
The retailer also announced that it has created 1,300 jobs since the start of the year and it is planning on continuing its expansion in 2015.
On of the possible avenues for this expansion will be acquiring the Billa network, which is rumored to be in the works.