RPG to invest in mobile and laptop retail

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As part of its expansion in the next one year, RPG Group will invest Rs 1,000 crore to expand its mobile and laptop retail chain, run by RPG Cellucom, India – a master franchisee of Dubai-based Cellucom.

RPG Cellucom India, which currently runs over 100 stores across the country showcasing a variety of products including phones, notebooks and other accessories, will open 400 new stores by December next year targeting Rs 2,500 crore turnover by March 2009.

Of the new stores, “150 will come up by this year end”, RPG Cellucom Chief Executive Sunil Bhagat said at the launch of the 101st store here. He said the company will have over 50 stores in the National Capital Region by March next year.

Commenting on the potential of the Indian market, Cellucom Founder and Managing Director Arun Nagar said the company expects around 70 per cent of its global revenues to come from the country in the next three years.

With a turnover of over US$350 million , Cellucom is a leading brand in the Gulf Cooperation Council and Africa.

Cellucom also has an option to buy a 50 per cent stake in RPG Cellucom India subject to policy regulations. “We can buy a 50 per cent share in the company when FDI issues are clear,” Nagar said.

The planned number of outlets in India will cover the entire value chain in formats like stand-alones in malls and high streets, as well as shop-in-shops within Spencer’s, Music World, Shopper’s Stop, Lifestyle and other large format stores.

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