FDI In Single Brand Retail To Boost Commercial Space Demand

As per industry estimates Indian retail sector is pegged at Rs 1 trillion by 2020 at an estimated CAGR of 15 per cent

The government's decision to grant 100 per cent FDI for single brand retail would boost demand for retail space from foreign brands looking to set up stores in India, according to property developers and consultants.

Pacific group Executive Director Abhishek Bansal said “Allowing 100 per cent FDI in single brand retail trading is sure to boost the demand for retail spaces in the country”.

Stating that commercial properties have been in demand from last few years, he said the demand would further increase as lot of foreign players would like to open up direct stores in the country or look forward to handing out franchises to deserving players.

Pankaj Renjhen, Managing Director, Retail, JLL India, said “Government's decision to grant 100 per cent FDI for single brand retail is a major step in providing quantum growth to retail sector. The timing for this announcement is significant as the retail sector is poised to receive significant real estate supply in the near future. After a prolonged period of slowdown in the retail sector over the last few years, we saw strong comeback with developers and investors betting high on the sector”.