Updated on: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 05:04 AM IST

Walmart India opens first store in Vizag; retail giant to invest USD 500 million to open 47 more stores by 2022


Hyderabad: Walmart India on 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 of out lets to 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 to USD 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 the failed Joint 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 and provided 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 in AP after Walmart India became a 100 per cent subsidiary.  We have a plan to open another store in Visakhapatnam. We are looking for a site. We hope to sign the property in 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’s Best Price 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 our customers will sell to other business members.So there is a difference. There wont be any cannibalisation of sales because our members are very loyal to us. We have one million members with ours, he explained. Walmart’s Best Price Modern Wholesale Store stocks over 5,000 items ranging from fresh, frozen and chilled foods, fruits and vegetables, dry groceries, personal to home care items and electronic goods.


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Published on: Thursday, November 01, 2018, 08:58 AM IST