Raymond Sells 20-Acre Thane Land To Xander Arm For Rs 700 Crore
Gautam Singhania, chairman of Raymond Group, at the launch of the realty business on Apr. 3, 2019. (Image: BloombergQuint)

Raymond Sells 20-Acre Thane Land To Xander Arm For Rs 700 Crore

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Singapore-based Virtuous Retail South Asia Pte Ltd. has acquired 20-acre land in Mumbai from Raymond Ltd. for about Rs 700 crore and will invest another Rs 1,700 crore to develop a retail project.

The company, which is the retail arm of private equity firm Xander, announced an "investment of $340 million (Rs 2,400 crore) in a retail-anchored project in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region."

Virtuous Retail said in a statement that it has "acquired a prime 20-acre land parcel from Raymond Ltd. for $100 million and will invest an additional $240 million to develop the site". The company would build a 3.7 million square ft. mixed-use city centre anchored by a 2.4 million square ft. VR Retail Mall.

Separately, Raymond informed exchanges that its arm JK lnvesto Trade (India) Ltd. has entered into an agreement for sale of its property measuring 78,310 square meters (around 20 acres) located at Thane (West) with an affiliate of Virtuous Retail for Rs 700 crore subject to payment of taxes, cost of approval as applicable.

Commenting on the deal, Sid Yog, Founder and Chairman of the board of Virtuous Retail, said, "Prime land parcels of this size seldomly trade, especially in major metropolitan markets like Mumbai. We have been waiting patiently for the ideal opportunity to expand our portfolio into the Mumbai region." In the first phase of development, Virtuous Retail will deliver a 2.4 million square ft VR Flagship Centre anchored by international and national brands.

Upon completion, the mall/centre is expected to attract over 20 million customer visits annually, and generate over 4,000 permanent, direct new jobs, in addition to over 7,000 construction jobs over the next four years during the development phase.

In line with expansion strategy through organic and inorganic acquisitions, Virtuous Retail said this investment bolsters the company's development pipeline which includes centres/mall currently under construction in locations in South Bengaluru and Delhi NCR, schedule to open in May 2020 and August 2022 respectively.

Along with the existing centres in Chennai, Punjab, Bengaluru and Surat, Virtuous Retail's pan-India portfolio now stands at around 11 million sq-ft. “We see strong demand for a world-class project that reflects changing consumer preferences, new age lifestyles and communities," Virtuous Retail Managing Director Rohit George said.

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