A cash and carry India joint venture between Wal-Mart Stores and local firm Bharti Enterprises plans to add 3-5 stores by end of the year, a spokeswoman for the world’s largest retailer said on Tuesday.
US group Wal-Mart operates 17 cash and carry, or wholesale stores, in India in partnership with Bharti Enterprises, which owns India’s top mobile telecoms operator Bharti Airtel Ltd.
Foreign ownership regulations in India do not allow global hypermarket and supermarket chains such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Carrefour SA to set up shops in the country and tap the over $450 billion retail market. Foreign players are, however, allowed to operate wholesale stores.
Wal-Mart also plans to ramp up the headcount at its unit, @WalmartLabs, in the southern Indian city of Bangalore to about 200 by end 2012 from 125 now, Jermey King, Chief technical Officer of Global e-Commerce, Walmart.com, told reporters.