Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh is likely to introduce favourable policies focusing on ease of doing business. The Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has recently promised a one-time approval system to open as many retail outlets as they want in the state.
Further, the chief minister has asked the retailers to work with the government on a draft retail policy.
Indian leading retailers retailers like Shoppers’ Stop, Walmart India, Lifestyle International, Future Retail, Trent, Reliance Retail, Raheja group and Aditya Birla group, have urged the state government for an exclusive 'retail zone' in Andhra Pradesh, According to a Deccan Chronical report.
Retailers are interested in setting up their stores in various cities and towns in AP. At present they have stores in Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam.
CEO of Retailers Association of India Kumar Rajgopalan has reportedly said that they have requested Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to provide specific areas for setting up retail showrooms in all cities and towns including capital city on Vijayawada-Guntur stretch.
These directions came in the light when retailers explained the cumbersome procedure involved in opening retail showrooms in the state.
“Under the current policy in AP, if a retailer has to open a store or showroom in a city or town, he has to get several clearances each time he sets up a shop in a particular town or city. We requested the CM to devise a system which will simplify the process and enable them to open new outlets through some basic guidelines every time a retail store is to be set up,” Rajgopalan said.