New Delhi: Aditya Birla Retail Ltd (ABRL) will invest about 1,500 crore in the next five years as it looks to expand its hypermarket and supermarket stores.

The company that runs hypermarkets under the ‘More Megastore’ brand is looking to open 12 stores each year, while adding around 150 outlets every year to its ‘More’ chain of supermarkets.

A file photo of a ‘More Megastore’ outlet in Rohini, Delhi

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an event organized by the Nielsen Company here, he said the average store size of the ‘More Megastore’ hypermarket will be around 60,000-70,000 sq ft.

Varghese said currently the company has 12 hypermarkets and 590 supermarkets.

Commenting on challenges faced by the organized retail sector, he said, “Real estate is a very big problem and it will always be for retailers but we are finding our own unique ways to deal with it."

For instance, at locations where the company finds it difficult to get into malls, it is either building its own sites or is tying up with developers, he added.

Asked if the high inflation has had any impact on sales, Varghese said, “There has been no decline in demand for basic necessity items such as food and grocery. Discretionary categories such as apparels and consumer durables are getting impacted."

He, however, said on the premium product site there is an increase in demand due to rising aspirations of consumers and increase in their disposable income.