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Expansion woes for Retailers

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I have admired the way Mahindra Retail has built a respectable business over the past few years, ever since the launch of “Mom & Me” Stores in 2009 which sell mothercare and babycare products. In a short period of time, the company had built a massive network of 115 stores ( as on this date) spread over 10,000 – 15000 sft. primarily at residential locations in metros and mini-metro cities. The Brand has earned the respect and spending of thousands of customers for their friendly staff, wide assortment and excellent service at their stores. The market size for this category is about INR 40,000 crores and the organized segment accounts for less than 5% with small mom-and-pop stores taking away most of the business. Apart from Mom & Me, there is no other respectable national chain of repute in India other than Mothercare, which is operated in India by Shoppers Stop and kids wear sections of reputed Retail Brands such as United Colors of Benetton, Tommy Hilfiger, Zara, to name a f