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European Retail Valley

Europe's largest consumer basin with 80 million inhabitants in a radius of 300 km, the city of Lille is internationally recognised as the home of large-format retail in Europe.

The biggest French city outside Paris, Lille has the highest density per km² in Europe of retail and e-commerce company head offices. From their base in Lille, retailers like Auchan, Decathlon and La Redoute employ more than 500,000 people worldwide! A sector in which resilience and innovation have always gone hand in hand.

From transportation infrastructure to logistics operators, as well as service providers and schools spilling out talent, the entire value chain is present within a 30 km radius. A complete ecosystem to support your development.

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Auchan, Decathlon, Leroy Merlin, La Redoute, etc...

France's biggest retailers were born here and steer their international operations from here. A few years ago, the biggest names in mail order and e-commerce joined them. Why not you next ?

Why choose Lille?

The city of Lille, the European home of e-commerce, brings together all members of the retail ecosystem within a radius of 30 km

An extensive and qualified labour pool with 74,000 employees in the city and 500,000 worldwide, working for local retailers

Lille is French Tech label, a guarantee of the ecosystem's attractiveness and competitiveness

France's No. 2 centre for the number of training programmes dedicated to e-commerce (sc Dirrecte)

Back office salary costs on average 20% lower than in Paris (sc EY)

Innovation driving development

The No. 1centre of excellence for e-commerce, EuraTechnologies in Roubaix is the hot spot for commerce of tomorrow. Inside the 15 000m2 Blanchemaille building, EuraTechnologies in Roubaix supports digital start-ups and companies specialising in e-commerce, retail and property technology. At its heart is the Prop Tech incubator (property technology, business hotel, marketing research laboratory and training centre, all 100% dedicated to e-commerce. The retail revolution is undeniably underway and EuraTechnologies in Roubaix gives you the means to accelerate your transformation.

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Your future site

Whether you're looking for a warehouse, a production unit or offices for your customer relations centre, our partner network has the right property for you. In 2019, large-format retailers accounted for around one third of the city's property transactions, alongside finance/insurance companies. The 1-year offering, which remains under control and balanced, as well as moderation of rents are clear advantages for investors.

The Cloud

  • La Haute Borne, Villeneuve d'Ascq
  • Delivery 2020
  • 12 806 m²
  • For rent 160€.
The Cloud will meet WELL and Core & Shell Silver certification criteria: based on 7 criteria (air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind), this certification attests to the quality of the working environment for future users. A further "Very Good" level of BREEAM certification will be added to this and a 20% reduction in buildings' energy consumption relative to RT2012. source Linkcity


  • Euratechnologies
  • Delivery 2021
  • 15,000 m² mixed
  • For rent 150€.


  • 1,000 employees
  • 500 housing units
  • 80,000m² of economic activities
  • 112,000m² of future programmes
  • 33 ha
  • 2014 > 2026
  • Productive & logistic activities
  • Place of life

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Jd Sports

From historical players to pure reference players, the heavyweights of the distribution sector have chosen Lille to accelerate their development. In 35 years, the Invest team has accompanied many of them, to facilitate and accelerate their establishment at the heart of the retail ecosystem.