Pantaloon's origin can be traced to 1987 when the company was incorporated as Manz Wear Private Limited. The company launched Pantaloons trouser, India's first formal trouser brand. In 1992, Pantaloon launched its IPO. In 1994, The Pantaloon Shoppe - exclusive menswear store in franchisee format was launched across the country. Pantaloon started distribution of distribution of branded garments through multi-brand retail outlets across the nation. In 2001, Big Bazaar, India's first hypermarket chain was launched. In 2002, Food Bazaar, the supermarket chain was launched. In 2006, Future Capital Holdings, the company's financial arm launched real estate funds, "Kshitij" and "Horizon" and private equity fund "Indivision". The company is also planning forays into insurance and consumer credit.
Pantaloon Retail is the flagship company of Future Group. The lines of business of Future Group are:
E-commerce: Pantaloon's website Futurebazaar.com has revolutionized the e-commerce business in India. It offers a wide range of products at affordable prices. It has been named as Best Indian Website 2007 in the Shopping category by PC World.
Food: In food business, the group offers a host of options. Food Bazaar - a chain of large supermarkets; Brew Bar - a beer bar; café Bollywood - a national chain of eateries; Chamosa - a pan-Indian chain of snack counters, and Sports Bar - a bistro focused on the world of sports.
Fashion: The group offers a variety of...