© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A girl retailers contained in the Massive Bazaar retail retailer in Mumbai, India, November 25, 2020. REUTERS/Niharika Kulkarni/File Photograph
By Aditya Kalra
NEW DELHI (Reuters) -India’s high retailer, Reliance, will tackle a minimum of 200 Future Retail shops after the corporate didn’t make lease funds for them to Reliance, two folks with direct information of the matter advised Reuters on Saturday.
Since 2020, Reliance has failed to shut a $3.4 billion deal to amass the retail belongings of Future, whose accomplice Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:) has efficiently blocked the transaction by citing violation of some contracts. Future denies any wrongdoing.
The takeover of shops by Reliance indicators Future’s worsening monetary state of affairs. Future in January challenged its lenders in India’s Supreme Court docket to keep away from dealing with insolvency proceedings over lacking financial institution funds, citing its dispute with Amazon.
Future – which has greater than 1,700 retailers, together with well-liked Massive Bazaar shops – has been unable to make lease funds for a few of its retailers. In consequence, Reliance transferred the leases of some shops to its title and sublet them to Future to function the shops, the sources mentioned.
As Future didn’t make the funds, Reliance has determined to run and rebrand about 200 retailers that will in any other case be closed, they mentioned.
In a press release to Indian inventory exchanges, Future mentioned “termination notices have been obtained for vital variety of shops” to which it would “not have entry.”
The corporate is “cutting down its operations which can assist us in lowering losses within the coming months,” it mentioned, with out mentioning Reliance’s plan to take over many such retailers.
Reliance and Amazon didn’t reply to requests for remark.
“Over 200 shops will transition to Reliance shops,” mentioned one supply, who requested to not be named as the small print of the plan weren’t public.
In a letter seen by Reuters, Reliance supplied Future workers at these shops new jobs on the identical phrases. “We welcome you to affix our group,” it reads.
Amazon has argued that Future violated the phrases of a 2019 deal the businesses signed when the U.S. large invested $200 million in a Future unit. Amazon’s place has been backed by a Singapore arbitrator and Indian courts.
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