Marks & Spencer to scale up India operations


The company, which is present in India through a joint venture (JV) with Reliance Retail, is also looking at increasing its product range in the country.
"We currently have 14 stores across seven cities in India and further plans to open at least 50 new stores in India over the next few years," Marks & Spencer Reliance India Pvt Ltd Head of Marketing Nandini Sethuraman said.
"Marks & Spencer believes India offers significant expansion opportunities and the potential is huge with a wider range of products, bigger M&S stores and a better brand experience overall," she added.

Sethuraman said the initial investment in the JV was of 29 million pound (around Rs 220 crore) and both the partners may put in more money in future.

"The total value of the initial investment into the JV will be up to 29 million pound sterling, wherein M&S invested up to 14.79 pound sterling and Reliance Retail invested up to 14.21 pound sterling. Both parties will provide further funding in the near future," she said, without giving more details.

The JV, in which M&S has 51 per cent stake and the rest is held by Reliance Retail, was formed in April 2008.
It currently operates 14 outlets in seven cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Kolkata and sells women’s, men’s and children’s clothing as well as homeware.

In November this year, the company had announced plans to reposition the brand as a mid-market player to cater to a greater customer base.

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