Tesco becomes the first international brand to file for multibrand retail FDI in India as it plans to acquire 50 per cent stake in Tata Trent, hence forming a JV. It was earlier in 2012 when FDI in multibrand retail was approved.
Tesco has filed for the JV with DIPP and if approved, the stake will be bought for $110 million. Tesco will own 50 per cent stake in Trent Supermarkets that currently runs 16 Star Bazaar hypermarts across Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, and Tamil Nadu. But Gujarat and Tamil Nadu not yet up for FDI, the current JV will focus on the stores in Maharashtra and Karnataka.
The stores will not use Tesco’s brand name anywhere. With this agreement, the stores will sell a wide variety of products ranging from food to clothing, under the tag ‘A Tata and Tesco Enterprise’. Moreover, the JV also aims at opening three to five stores in India annually.
Now that Walmart has broken ties with Bharti Retail and is going through a rough phase, Tesco gets a great opportunity to emerge in the market.