The group has five operational malls in India at Kochi, Thrissur, Thiruvanthapuram, Bengaluru and Lucknow.
The group has five operational malls in India at Kochi, Thrissur, Thiruvanthapuram, Bengaluru and Lucknow.

Lulu Group looks at developing more shopping malls in India

Shibu Philips, Director-Shopping Malls of Lulu Group India, said the Indian retail market is still “under-utilised” with the share of organised retail being still low.

NEW DELHI: Lulu group, which has built five shopping malls in India with Rs 7,000 crore investment, now plans to develop about a dozen more malls as the UAE-based group sees huge growth opportunities in the Indian retail space.

The group has five operational malls in India at Kochi, Thrissur, Thiruvanthapuram, Bengaluru and Lucknow, comprising about 3.7 million square feet of leasable area.

Shibu Philips, Director-Shopping Malls of Lulu Group India, said the Indian retail market is still “under-utilised” with the share of organised retail being still low.

“India is an extremely important market for Lulu. It is a young population whose per capita income and consumption is increasing. It is a very under-utilised market because if you look at the organised retail, it is still only 12 per cent. So, I believe that there is a lot of opportunity here if you have the right business model. Lulu is completely focused on India,” he said.

In the first phase of shopping mall business in India, Philips said the Lulu group invested about Rs 7,000 crore to develop five shopping malls, of which Bengaluru property is not owned by it.

Last month, the group launched a large shopping mall, comprising 2.2 million square feet of built-up area and one million square feet of leasable area, in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

The mall, developed at an investment of about Rs 2,000 crore, has over 300 international and national brands.

About the future expansion of mall business in India, Philips said “we are planning to have smaller malls of around 0.5 million square feet in the major districts of Kerala.” He said the group is currently constructing malls in Kerala in Calicut, Kottayam, Tirur, Perinthalmanna and Palakkad. Some of these properties will be fully owned and some will be on lease basis.

That apart, it is refurbishing an existing mall in Hyderabad which will be operational in early 2023.

Philips said as many as six shopping malls are currently in the pipeline in Chennai, Ahmedabad, Prayagraj, Varanasi, Bengaluru and Noida.

“We are actively looking at land in Ahmedabad for a one million square feet mall there. And we have a similar plan in mind for Chennai,” he said.

On planned investment for the second phase of expansion of mall business in India, he said the same is being finalised and will be announced in due course.

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As many as six shopping malls are now in the pipeline in Chennai, Ahmedabad, Prayagraj, Noida, Varanasi and Bengaluru

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Shibu Philips, Director-Shopping Malls of Lulu Group India

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