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Big Bazaar was launched in September, 2001 with the opening of three stores in Calcutta, Bangalore and Hyderabad

in 22 days. Within a span of ten years, there are now 148 Big Bazaar stores in 80 cities and towns across India. Big Bazaar is designed as an agglomeration of bazaars or Indian markets with clusters offering a wide range of merchandise including fashion and apparels, food products, general merchandise, furniture, electronics, books, fast food and leisure and entertainment sections. Food Bazaar, a supermarket format was incorporated within Big Bazaar in 2002 and is now present within every Big Bazaar as well as in independent locations. There are now 169 Food Bazaar outlets, including those located within Big Bazaar. A typical Big Bazaar is spread across around 50,000 square feet of retail space. While the larger metropolises have Big Bazaar Familycentres measuring between 75,000 square feet and 1,60,000 square feet, Big Bazaar Express stores in smaller towns measure around 30,000 square feet. Most of the Big Bazaar stores are multi-level and are located in stand-alone buildings in city centers as well as within shopping malls. These stores offer over 200,000 SKUs in a wide range of categories led primarily by fashion and food products. Big Bazaar is part of Future Group and is owned through a wholly owned subsidiary of Pantaloon Retail India Limited, that is listed on Indian stock exchanges.

Future Group
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Type Industry Founder(s) Headquarters Products Employees Website

Public (BSE) Conglomerate Mr. Kishore Biyani., (MD & CEO) Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Discount Stores Supercenters 30,000 FutureGroup.in

Future Group, led by its founder and Group CEO, Mr. Kishore Biyani, operates some of Indias most popular retail formats that include Pantaloons, Big Bazaar, Central, Home Town, Ezone and Food Bazaar. While retail forms the core business activity of Future Group, the group has developed significant presence in consumer finance, capital, insurance, brand development, retail media and logistics. The groups retail formats bring in around 250 million customer footfalls every year and provide a platform for over 30,000 small, medium and large entrepreneurs in India to sell their products and services to these customers. The group has a retail presence in 85 cities and 65 rural destinations and employs over 35,000 people directly. The groups flagship enterprise, Pantaloon Retail India Limited was founded in 1987 and is listed in the Bombay Stock Exchange and National Stock Exchange since 1991. The company along with its subsidiaries operates around 16 million square feet of retail space in the country. Other group companies include, Future Capital Holdings, a financial services company, Future Ventures, engaged in operating and investing in allied businesses, Future Supply Chain Limited which operates a nation-wide logistics and warehousing network, Future Brands India Limited, a brand and intellectual property rights development corporation and Future Human Development Limited, an educational and manpower training company with campuses in Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Kolkata that offers degree programs in association with IGNOU. Over the years, the group has also developed successful partnerships with Indian and foreign companies. The group has partnered with Tata Group to operate the brand T24 as a telecom service provider for its customers. It also operates rural retail chain in partnership with Godrej Group. Some of the include joint ventures includes ones with Generali, an Italy-based insurance major which is among the three largest insurers in the Europe, Staples Inc, the largest office stationery retailer in the world and French fashion brand, Celio. The group also has exclusive brand license partnerships with leading global brands like Lee Cooper, Converse, Callaway, Prince, Spalding and Wilson. Future Group believes in developing strong insights on Indian consumers and building businesses based on Indian ideas, as espoused in the groups core value of Indianness. The groups corporate credo is, Rewrite rules, Retain values.

Pantaloon Retail India

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Type Industry Founded Headquarters Area served Key people Products Revenue Parent Website

Public (BSE: 523574) Retailing India Mumbai India Kishore Biyani, (MD & CEO) Discount Stores Supercenters 6,019.00 crore (US$1.34 billion) [1] Future Group Pantaloon.com

Pantaloon Retail (India) Limited, is a large Indian retailer, which is part of the Future Group, and operates multiple retail formats in both the value and lifestyle segment of the Indian consumer market. Headquartered in Mumbai, the company has over 1,000 stores across 71 cities in India and employs over 30,000 people [2], and as of 2010, it was the country's largest listed retailer by market capitalization and revenue [3]. With effect from 1 January 2010 the company separated its discount store business, which includes the Big Bazaar hypermarket and the Food Bazaar supermarket businesses, into Future Value Retail Ltd., its wholly owned subsidiary, so that the company may be listed independently [3][4]. The companys brands include Pantaloons, a chain of fashion outlets, Big Bazaar, a hypermarket chain and Food Bazaar, a supermarket chain. Some of the company's other regional brands include, Depot, Shoe Factory, Brand Factory, Blue Sky, aLL, Top 10 and Star and Sitara. A subsidiary company, Home Solutions Retail (India) Limited, operates Home Town, a large-format home solutions store, Collection i, selling home furniture products and EZone focussed on catering to the consumer electronics segment.

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