Big Bazaar, the flagship retail chain of the Kishore Biyani Pantaloon Group, is looking to beef up national presence to around 112 stores by November 2008.
Some of the cities where the store count is set to go up are Mysore, Pune, Cuttack, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Agra, Faridabad, Surat, Nashik, Mumbai, Delhi and Solapur. Investment in the expansion of the chain of Big Bazaar stores is reported to be around the Rs1,600 crore mark. Presently, Big Bazaar has around 97 outlets.
The addition of 15 stores to its chain is part of Big Bazaar's larger plans to beef up its store count to around 145 stores by June 2009. The chain's 100th store will open later this year in Cuttack.