Carrefour May Choose Parsvnath For India Foray

Carrefour, the world’s second largest retailer, is considering the franchise model to initially expand its presence in the country and may announce a local partner in four weeks.
The French retailer, which has held talks with as many as 50 domestic business houses including Mumbai-based Wadia group and Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries and real estate companies, such as DLF, in the past five years, may choose Parsvnath, a New Delhi-based real estate company, as its partner.
Parsvnath has emerged as the strongest option for the franchise partnership. A person familiar with the development at Carrefour gave the same timeline for the announcements. Parsvnath has almost five million square feet of retail space under its belt and plans to increase it to six times in the next five years.
The retail giant’s negotiation with other domestic houses and companies failed as they wanted greater control over the business.
Carrefour is exploring the wholesale cash-and-carry format and front-end retailing options in the country. It has already formed Carrefour WC & C India and Carrefour India Master Franchise Company for the respective business formats.
Mr. Pradeep Jain, Carrefour’s chairman in India said, “We are likely to announce our retail partner in three to four weeks”.
Under current government guidelines, foreign direct investment is allowed in the wholesale cash and carry model but it is not allowed in the multi-brand retail stores. In single brand retail stores, it is limited up to 51%. However, multi-brand international retailers can operate through the franchise route where an Indian partner would own the operations.
Carrefour SA Chief Executive Officer Jose Luis Duran had said last month that it was worth investing in India before the limits on overseas companies’ ownership of local stores were lifted. The company was talking to potential Indian partners to start a wholesale business and may announce the winner in the coming “weeks or months”.
Mr. Somesh Dayal, marketing head for Carrefour India said, “We still haven’t zeroed in on a partner as it is all in the early stage”.
It is Carrefour India Master Franchise Company that would give its Indian partner the licence to do front-end retailing with using the French retailer’s brand name. Carrefour would also manage the whole-supply chain and provide the logistic support to the retail firm.

2 Comments

  1. Posted May 28, 2008 at 6:25 am | Permalink

    The share rate of Parsavnath is very high because this real estate firm is also make partnership with some dubai firm to be develop on some project at kolkata which have very huke

  2. Posted May 30, 2008 at 5:15 am | Permalink

    India’s real estate stocks that once paralleled the boom in property values may start to see more softening, in line with the tepid market. After the stock market crash, real estate stocks have been trading at a discount of 15-50% to their net asset values (NAVs), or the value of their assets less liabilities. And the recent drop in their values will likely stay until property developers start executing and selling more projects, say industry experts. Analysts say property stocks are overvalued and a correction in stock prices is bound to happen. Developers have taken on more projects than they can execute and valuations will not improve until we see projects actually being executed. Due to which the property stocks will be halved in value. Analysts also believe the correction in property stocks will be accompanied by a correction in real estate prices across the country. Developers in India were riding a high after an unprecedented economic boom and tax benefits for home buyers made it attractive for thousands of Indians to own homes. The resultant demand and boom also resulted in speculative buying, or flipping —holding properties for a short while to cash out on gains. Developers need money and if they can’t sell projects at the current high price levels they will have to bring down prices. However, not everyone thinks real estate valuations will come down. Many feel that real estate stocks have fallen but this has got to do more with the meltdown in the global markets. I think real estate stocks will recover when the market conditions improve.For more view- realtydigest.blogspot.com

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