French DIY retailer Leroy Merlin is set to enter the Romanian market with the opening of a 183,000 sq ft store in Bucharest this month.

The company has reportedly invested e6m (£5.1m) in the store, which will employ 250 staff and be managed by a team of French and Romanian staff.

Leroy Merlin Romania general manager Philippe Hauville said it was the first time the company had entered such a crowded market. He said he anticipated restructuring within the DIY sector in the next five years.