Bangalore: Trent, the retail arm of the Tata Group, plans to more than double the number of stores it has now, to 100 by March 2010 even as it mulls a foray into multi-brand outlets and food retailing.
Trent currently operates retail stores ‘Westside’ and ‘Landmark’ and hypermarket ‘Star Bazaar’.
It currently has 29 Westside stores, ten Landmark stores and three Star Bazaar outlets.
“We intend to take that up to 60-odd Westside stores, 25 Landmark stores and 15-20 Star Bazaar outlets by March 2010”, a Trent official said. “We will have at least 100 stores, all three brands put together, by March 2010”.
“We are exploring the possibility of entering into the multi-brand outlets (on the lines of ‘Central´ and ‘Shopper’s Stop’) and fast-food retailing business,” said the official, who refused to give a time-frame for the possible foray.
Meanwhile, Star Bazaar, which targets the burgeoning consumer class and metro-focused, entered south India today with the opening of the outlet here. It is Trent’s third store in the country after the ones in Ahmedabad and Mumbai.