German grocery giant AVA began work on its new US$18m hypermarket complex in Moscow yesterday. The grocery, electrics and household goods complex, which is due to open next spring, is expected to employ about 700 staff and include a 26,000m² self-service store. At a news conference, Kurt Lindemann, CEO of AVA, commented: "The size of the market, the high degree of demand and the growth potential of the Russian economy make this market interesting."