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The MobileStore enters consumer durable & IT retail business

In a major move aimed at penetrating the Rs 80,000 crore strong consumer durables and IT (CDIT) market, The MobileStore (TMS), part of the Essar Group, announced the signing of an agreement for the ac


December 09, 2009  |  comments ( 0 )  | 
The MobileStore enters consumer durable & IT retail business

In a major move aimed at penetrating the Rs 80,000 crore strong consumer durables and IT (CDIT) market, The MobileStore (TMS), part of the Essar Group, announced the signing of an agreement for the acquisition of Impact Retail’s CDIT operations, currently run under the brand name X-Cite. With the completion of this acquisition, TMS would offer end to end CDIT products and services to Indian consumers. TMS will take over all the seven stores of X-Cite – spanning 95000 Sq. ft of retail space covering key cities like Delhi, Gurgaon, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune and Ahmedabad. TMS is looking at leveraging its existing scale of operations that spans 1,300 stores across 200 cities to tap the CDIT market potential. Commenting on the initiative, Rajiv Agarwal, CEO and Director, The MobileStore, said, "This acquisition represents a major milestone in our journey. Our intentions are to quickly jump start and launch the retail venture into the consumer durable and IT business and provide a more comprehensive offering to our customers. Further we wanted a player who has a good understanding of the CDIT business and X-Cite has emerged as a serious player. Our plan is to continue the business from the current seven stores and plug in gaps in key markets like Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai.”  Srikant Gokhale, CEO Impact Retail, on the occasion said, “We are excited about now being a part of TMS, which is best poised to leverage and take our business to the next stage with its scale of operation and its strength of consumer marketing.”  These stores will be re-branded and will offer products across segments like TV and audio, cameras and camcorders, home and kitchen appliances, mobiles, personal care and computers. 


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