French value family clothing retailer Kiabi has opened its first store in Romania.

Located in the capital, Bucharest, the 1,500 sq.m outlet employs 30 locally-recruited staff.

Before the end of the first quarter of next year, Kiabi is planning to open two more stores in Bucharest and a further two elsewhere in the country by the end of 2010.

The company's longer term objective is to be operating a chain of around 20 stores in Romania by 2015.

Kiabi posted a 2008 turnover of  EUR904.4m, (almost $1,330.6m), up 14% on the previous year, growth being largely driven by the extension of its network of stores in France and abroad.