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Pantaloon’s Brand Factory ropes in Planet M, Globus into retail format

Posted by retailigence on August 30, 2008

Pantaloon Retail’s fashion value retail format, which opened its seventh outlet in the country and the second in Bangalore on Thursday, expects to touch revenues of Rs 500 crore by June 2009. Plans for the year include six more outlets by June 2009, according to Mr Rajesh Seth, Vice-President, Marketing, Central and Brand Factory, Pantaloon Retail (India) Ltd. The company has budgeted investments of around Rs 6-10 crore a store, he said.

Brand Factory will now offer products from Planet M, Globus, Staples and Dollar stores. “We want to make this a lifestyle store and all out future Brand Factory outlets will be similarly designed,” Mr Seth said. Spread across 55,000 sq ft of space, the new outlet offers over 200 brands at 20-50 per cent discount 365 days a year. Products offered are across various categories including apparel, footwear, eyewear, watches, home and kitchen accessories, travel and cell phones.

“This will be bigger and better than other Brand Factory stores, not only in terms of size, but also in our brand offerings,” said Mr Seth. Bangalore’s first Brand Factory outlet located at Marathahalli, the heartland of discount and value retail stores in the city, experiences footfalls of around 150,000 a month. Value retailing in India, estimated at Rs 45,000 crore, is growing at 20 per cent every year. Brand Factory reported revenues of Rs 200 crore in June 2008, out of which Rs 60 crore came from the Bangalore store alone, Mr Seth told Business Line.

The average billing ticket size of a customer in Brand Factory is around Rs 1,500 and is expected to go up to Rs 1,700 in the new format, with the introduction of segments other than apparel and footwear. About 80 per cent of the billing comes from the apparel sections, Mr Seth said.

Source: Hindu Business Line


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