Decathlon founders face backlash against Russian growth plans

Leroy Merlin DIY store, Samara, Russia

Decathlon’s French founders have made plans to expand the Russian footprint of its Leroy Merlin DIY chain following other Western retailers’ exits.

The Mulliez family, which owns the French DIY business as well as Decathlon and supermarket conglomerate Auchan, have been accused of profiting off of the Russian invasion of Ukraine as it seeks to plug the gaps left by competitors such as Ikea that have closed their Russian stores.

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