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Walmart India to invest USD 500 million to open 47 more stores

Hyderabad, Oct 31 (PTI): Walmart India Wednesday said it would invest about USD 500 million(about Rs 3,200 crore at the current exchange rate)to open another 47 stores by 2022 to take the total number ofoutletsto 70.

Krish Iyer, President and CEO Walmart India, said that out of the 23 B2B Cash and Carry stores, 19have achieved break even with over a million members.

The global retail giant, which opened its 23rd wholesale store in Visakhapatnam Wednesday, is in the process of setting up a second store in Visakhapatnam and discussions are underway for land.

“A typical store needs anywhere betweenUSD9 toUSD 10 million in terms of investment.

We are planning to take the total number of stores to 70by2022. That is the plan and we will also have e-commerce space in all the stores.

So you can do the math. Yes, it needs USD 500 million,” Iyer told PTI.

Walmart India became a wholly owned subsidiary of Walmart Inc after it severed and exited from thefailedJoint Venture with Bharti Enterprisesin 2014.

Iyer said the company also has plans to increase fulfilment centres across the country.

Speaking about the Vizag store, he said it had come up on 56,000 square feet andprovided employment to 2,000 people directly and indirectly.

“This is now the fourth store in Andhra Pradesh. This is the first store that we have opened inAPafterWalmart India became a 100 per cent subsidiary.

We have a plan to open another store in Visakhapatnam. We are looking for a site.Wehope to sign thepropertyin the next three to four months. It takes about three hours to open a store after we sign a property,”he said.

Iyer said the current contribution of private labels to overall sales was in single digits and he expected it to grow to about 20 per cent in the next two to three years.

On the possible cannibalisation of sales by its recently acquired Flipkart, he said both are in different segments.

While Flipkart focuses on individual customers, Walmart provides B2B service, he said.

“Walmart India’sBestPrice e-commerce is about B2B.

Flipkart is the marketplace and has a lot of sellers who will sell to end consumers.

In our e-commerce we don’t sell to end consumers and andourcustomers will sell to other business members. So there is a difference.

There won’t be any cannibalisation of sales because our members are very loyal to us.

We have one million members with ours, he explained.

WalmartsBest Price Modern Wholesale Store stocks over 5,000 itemsranging from fresh, frozen and chilled foods, fruits and vegetables, dry groceries, personal to home care items and electronic goods.

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