Big Bazaar is a largest hypermarket chain of hypermarket in India. As of June 2, 2012 there are 214 stores across 90 cities and towns in India covering around 16 million sq.ft. of retail space. Big Bazaar is designed as an agglomeration of bazaars or Indian markets with clusters offering a wide range of merchandise including fashion and apparels, food products, general merchandise, furniture, electronics, books, fast food and leisure and entertainment sections. Big Bazaar stores have been designed as an agglomeration of bazaars or Indian markets with clusters offering a wide range of merchandise. The stores are aimed at providing a local marketplace feel to the shoppers. They offer a wide variety of household items including retail apparels, food products, general merchandise, furniture, electronics, books, fast food, etc. Several stores also have leisure and entertainment sections. The hypermarket chain crossed the 100 store mark in 2008.
Future Group also owns Central Hypermarket, Brand Factory, Pantaloons, eZONE, HomeTown, futurebazaar.com, and KB's Fair Price, apart from Big Bazaar.
Big Bazaar was introduced by the Future Group in September 2001 with the opening of its first four stores in Kolkata, Indore, Bengaluru and Hyderabad within a period of 22 days.
Started by Kishore Biyani, Big Bazaar was launched mainly as a fashion format selling apparel, cosmetics, accessories and general merchandise. Over the years, the retail chain has included in its portfolio a wide range of products and services, ranging from grocery to electronics.
The current retail formats of the Future Group include Big Bazaar, Food Bazaar, Electronic Bazaar and Furniture Bazaar. According to Kishore Biyani, the inspiration behind this entire retail format was from Saravana Stores, a local store in T. Nagar, Chennai. Big Bazaar is popularly known as the ‘Indian Walmart’ today.
In the second year of operations, Big Bazaar made a tie-up with Indian banking giant ICICI Bank...
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