Auchan and Max Hypermarkets (part of Landmark Group) will conclude their partnership in India by January 2015. The two parties signed a franchise agreement back in 2012 enabling 12 Max Hypermarket stores to use Auchan’s brand and know-how throughout India. The retailer had plans to grow the network up to 60 units. Given the latest political developments in the market the retailers are no longer able to leverage the partnership in all Indian states. Auchan stated it maintains interest in the market and will continue to explore alternatives to develop its business.