Smart Bazaar, formerly Big Bazaar, is an Indian retail chain of hypermarkets, discount department stores, and grocery stores. The retail chain was founded by Kishore Biyani under his parent organisation Future Group,[3] which is known for having a significant prominence in Indian retail and fashion sectors. Big Bazaar is also the parent chain of Food Bazaar, Fashion at Big Bazaar[4] (abbreviated as fbb) and eZone where at locations it houses all under one roof, while it is sister chain of retail outlets like Brand Factory, Home Town, Central, eZone, etc.

Smart Bazaar
Company typePrivate
  • 2001; 23 years ago (2001) as Big Bazaar
FounderKishore Biyani
HeadquartersMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Number of locations
30 stores nationwide (August 25, 2019)[1]
Area served
Key people
  • Sarvesh Shivnath Shukla (Founder)
  • Sadashiv Nayak (President & CEO)[2]
  • Umashankar Shukla (Director)
  • Electronics
  • Movies and music
  • Home and furniture
  • Home improvement
  • Clothing
  • Footwear
  • Jewellery
  • Toys
  • Health and beauty
  • Pet supplies
  • Sporting goods and fitness
  • Auto
  • Photo finishing
  • Craft supplies
  • Party supplies
  • Grocery
ParentReliance Retail

Founded in 2001,[5] Big Bazaar is one of the oldest[6] and largest hypermarket chains[7][8] of India, housing about 300+ stores in over 120 cities and towns across the country.[9] In February 2022, Reliance Industries took control of over 200 Future group stores and rebranded Big Bazaar as Reliance's Smart Bazaar Stores.[10]

History edit

Big Bazaar was founded in 2001 by Kishore Biyani, the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of the parent company, the Future Group.

The former captain of Indian cricket team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni have previously endorsed for the fashion vertical of Big Bazaar.

Acquisition edit

Big Bazaar Converting to Smart Bazaar at Avani Riverside Mall.

In 2020, Big Bazaar was acquired by Reliance Retail, the retail division of the Reliance Industries, as part of a ₹24,713 crore ($3.36 billion) sale transaction of Future Group. However, the deal was called off on 23 April 2022 after FRL's creditors voted against going forward with it.[11][12] Reliance Retail launched its new retail format by the name of Reliance Smart Bazaar, that cater to consumer needs. It offers online and offline services to the customer. Online shopping services can be availed using the JioMart platform.

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References edit

  1. ^ "Future Retail CFO sees double-digit sales growth in Q2 of FY18". Moneycontrol. Archived from the original on 11 April 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Big Bazaar company snapshot and profile". Bloomberg. Archived from the original on 10 March 2017. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Big Bazaar owner Future Retail, India's biggest department store, gains steam as Kishore Biyani rides demonetisation". The Financial Express. Bloomberg. 18 April 2017. Archived from the original on 22 April 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Fbb to go Omnichannel: To launch, open 40 stores every year". 29 March 2017. Archived from the original on 22 April 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Demonetisation: Cash dispensed at Big Bazaar isn't withdrawn from bank, says founder Kishore Biyani". The Financial Express. 24 November 2016. Archived from the original on 23 April 2017. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  6. ^ Raghavendra Kamath (17 March 2013). "Big Bazaar: Bigger & better?". Business Standard India. Mumbai. Archived from the original on 23 April 2017. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  7. ^ Rashmi Pratap (11 July 2016). "Big Bazaar completes integration of Easyday stores". The Hindu Business Line. Mumbai. Archived from the original on 29 July 2020. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Big Bazaar aims for over Rs 210 cr sales from R-Day sale offer - Times of India". The Times of India. Mumbai. Press Trust of India. 24 January 2010. Archived from the original on 18 May 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  9. ^ Shewali Tiwari (23 November 2016). "Modi Announces Money-Withdrawal Option At Big Bazaar Outlets, Kejriwal Asks 'What's The Deal'". Archived from the original on 22 April 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  10. ^ "After Reliance's takeover of Future stores, shoppers left with Big Bazaar vouchers and no option to redeem". Times Now. 9 May 2022. Archived from the original on 7 June 2022. Retrieved 7 June 2022.
  11. ^ "Lost Rs 7,000 cr in 3-4 months of COVID, had no choice but to sell biz: Kishore Biyani". The News Minute. 15 October 2020. Archived from the original on 16 October 2020. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  12. ^ "Kishore Biyani's Future Retail Seals Deal With Reliance Retail". BloombergQuint. Archived from the original on 8 September 2020. Retrieved 2 September 2020.

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