Having a hard time competing with local kirana stores, Reliance Retail, aims to transform few of its giant sized hypermarkets in to wholesale cash & carry stores.
The first under the conversion plan is 44,000 sq ft Reliance Mart in Bhopal’s Aashima Mall which is under renovation currently and is expected to open in a new avtar in February 2014. The other two to be apparently converted are in Ludhiana and Aurangabad, each.
With the cash and carry model, the organised retailers will be able to supply bulk order to the kirana stores, which otherwise were their competition.
Modern retail has always been a step behind when it comes to consumers’ preference to shop for food and grocery, though modern retail stores offer a wide variety what they are unable to offer is good price. While modern retail sells at MRP until a scheme run by brand, neighbourhood stores sells at wholesale price 365 days of the and if you are lucky you can also avail ongoing schemes.
It really sounds like a sad story, an alliance that looked like a perfect match, ‘growing old’ kinds but finally, Bharti and Walmart part ways and call off their Indian JV.
With the split, the US counterpart will buy in the stake of the Indian partner in the cash and carry wholesale JV, for an undisclosed amount. The two parties have come to an agreement wherein the two will pursue separate retail businesses in the country.
According to the company statement, “Upon receipt of required clearances, Walmart would acquire Bharti’s stake in Bharti Walmart Pvt Ltd, a joint venture between Bharti and Walmart, giving Walmart 100 per cent ownership of the Best Price Modern Wholesale cash and carry business.” Bharti will acquire the $100 million worth Compulsory Convertible Debentures (CCDs) held by Walmart in Cedar Support Services, a company owned and controlled by Bharti.
Bharti Retail plans to continue the expansion plans for their stores, easyday, which currently stand at 212 in number.
The business has been going through various internal issues, given the Indian FDI policies. Moreover, the changes started show as soon as Raj Jain called it quits.
Now as we think, is there a possibility of Raj Jain joining back?