Pantaloon Retail (India) Limited is part of the Future Group. Here is a brief profile and history of Pantaloon Group.

Pantaloon Retail

Pantaloon Retail (India) Limited is India's leading retailer that operates multiple retail formats in both the value and lifestyle segment. Pantaloon has ushered a retail revolution in India and its founder Kishore Biyani is known as India's "King of Retail". Pantaloon's headquarter is in Mumbai. The company currently operates over 5 million square feet of retail space and has plans to increase it to 30 million sq. ft by 2011. Pantaloon has plans to open over 3000 new stores by 2010.

Pantaloon's origin can be traced to 1987 when the company was incorporated as Manz Wear Private Limited. The company launched Pantaloons trouser, India's first formal trouser brand. In 1992, Pantaloon launched its IPO. In 1994, The Pantaloon Shoppe - exclusive menswear store in franchisee format was launched across the country. Pantaloon started distribution of distribution of branded garments through multi-brand retail outlets across the nation. In 2001, Big Bazaar, India's first hypermarket chain was launched. In 2002, Food Bazaar, the supermarket chain was launched. In 2006, Future Capital Holdings, the company's financial arm launched real estate funds, "Kshitij" and "Horizon" and private equity fund "Indivision". The company is also planning forays into insurance and consumer credit.

Pantaloon Retail is the flagship company of Future Group. The lines of business of Future Group are:

E-commerce: Pantaloon's website has revolutionized the e-commerce business in India. It offers a wide range of products at affordable prices. It has been named as Best Indian Website 2007 in the Shopping category by PC World.

Food: In food business, the group offers a host of options. Food Bazaar - a chain of large supermarkets; Brew Bar - a beer bar; café Bollywood - a national chain of eateries; Chamosa - a pan-Indian chain of snack counters, and Sports Bar - a bistro focused on the world of sports.

Fashion: The group offers a variety of options in fashion. Its brands include aLL, Blue Sky, Central, Etam, Fashion Station, Gini & Jony, Navaras, Pantaloons, and Top 10.

Home & Electronics: Options include: Collection i - a lifestyle furniture store; Electronics Bazaar - offers branded electronic goods and appliances; e-zone - trendiest electronics items; Furniture Bazaar - entire range of Home Furniture; Home Town - one stop destination for all the home needs.

Leisure & Entertainment: Options are: Bowling Co. - state-of-the-art premium family entertainment centre, offering multiple, novel and unique leisure and entertainment options; F 123 - offers a wide range of gaming options ranging from bowling and pool to redemption and interactive video games to bumper cars.

Wellness & Beauty: Options are: Health Village - a state-of-the art spa and yoga centre; Star & Sitara: Beauty salon for men and women; Tulsi - provides access to the best allopathic, ayurvedic and homeopathic medicinal products; Turmeric - offers beauty products like colour cosmetics, fragrances, herbal and specialty skin items, hair products and bath accessories.

Books & Music: Future Group's brand - "Depot" offers Books, CDs, and stationery items.

Major Achievements of Pantaloon Retail
Note: The above information was last updated on 21-07-2007