Did you know that Zara has over 2,000 brick and mortar stores worldwide and that the company is continuing to expand?
Most expansion plans include Asia and for being the second-most populous nation on Earth and the third largest economy in Asia, it’s hard to believe that India has a paltry 18 Zara locations in all of the country.
Zara’s expansion parallels India’s growth in many ways. Both are growing significantly and expanding their global reach, but neither have even scraped the surface as far as how much more impact they can have across the world. As of this post, here all 18 locations in alphabetical order by city.
|Bangalore||PHOENIX MARKET CITY||WHITEFIELD ROAD, MAHADEVPURA||560048||+91 8067266121||Woman, Man, Kid|
|Bangalore||BRIGADE ORION MALL||RAJKUMAR ROAD, 26/1||560055||+91 8022682040||Woman, Man, Kid|
|Chandigarh||ELANTE MALL||INDUSTRIAL & BUSINESS PARK,PHASE- I, 178-178A||160002||+91 172 6622607||Woman, Man, Kid|
|Chennai||PHOENIX MARKET CITY||VELLACHERI ROAD||600042||+91 4430083700||Woman, Man, Kid|
|Gurgaon||AMBIENCE MALL||AMBIENCE ISLAND, NH-8||122002||+91 1244665718||Woman, Man, Kid|
|Hyderbad||FORUM SUJANA MALL||KUKKATPALLY VILLAGE, BALA NAGAR MANDAL,RANGA REDDY DISTRICT, 1009||500072||+91 4067684159||Woman, Man, Kid|
|Jaipur||WORLD TRADE PARK||JAWAHARLAL NEHRU MARG||302017||+91 1412728073||Woman, Man, Kid|
|Mohali||THE NORTH COUNTRY MALL||NATIONAL HIGHWAY, 21||160118||+91 1726703031||Woman, Man, Kid|
|Mumbai||PHOENIX MARKET CITY||LBS MARG, NEAR KAMANI JUNCTION, KURLA WEST||400070||+91 22618015162||Woman, Man, Kid|
|Mumbai||PALLADIUM MALL||SENAPATI BAPAT MARG, 462||400013||+91 2243473850||Woman, Man, Kid|
|Mumbai||OBEROI MALL||GARDEN CITY, OFF WESTERN EXPRESS HIGHWAY,GOREGAON EAST, DINDOSHI||400063||+91 2249702302||Woman, Man, Kid|
|Mumbai||INFINITY 2||LINK ROAD, MALAD WEST||400061||+91 22 67657135||Woman, Man, Kid|
|New Delhi||DLF PROMENADE VASANT KUNJ||NELSON MANDELA ROAD, 3||110070||+91 1141680854||Woman, Man, Kid|
|NEW DELHI||SELECT CITYWALK||DISTRICT CENTRE, SAKET, 843||110017||+91 1141684170||Woman, Man, Kid|
|New Delhi||PACIFIC MALL||NAJAFGARH ROAD, TAGORE GARDEN||110018||+91 1145137124||Woman, Man, Kid|
|Noida||MALL OF INDIA||PLOT NO M03 SECTOR 18||201301||N/A||Woman, Man, Kid|
|Pune||PHOENIX MARKET CITY||VIMAN NAGAR ROAD, 207||411014||+91 2030950533||Woman, Man, Kid|
|Surat||VR MALL||DUMAS ROAD, MAGDALLA||395007||+91 2616795321||Woman, Man, Kid|
Store location and address information were pulled directly from Zara India’s website. Unfortunately, there are no Zaras in or around the following states: Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, or in West Bengal.
Zara Started Fast in India, But Slowing Down 5 Years Later
Considering that Zara only opened their first store in 2010, the 18 total stores are mostly located in the larger metropolitan areas such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Jaipur and Hyperbad. In the 6-7 years since the first store, the slow pace of expansion belies the bravado and success that came with the New Delhi opening.
“Zara’s arrival in India – the world’s second most populous country – represents a new milestone in the Inditex Group’s expansion in Asia,” the group led by Inditix and Tata was quoted in a BBC article back in 2010.
For the first 2-3 years, Zara did fabulously. Especially when the first couple stores opened. Here’s how Quartz reported the company’s initial reception:
When it entered India in 2010, Zara was an oasis to Indians thirsting for fashion. Long lines of shoppers queued up at malls, in a frenzy only a few brands in India have managed to replicate. It was instant retail success for Inditex, Zara’s Spanish-based parent company, and for a long time, sales were phenomenal.
In many ways, though India may seem like they’re ready, maybe the country isn’t quite ready. “When Zara entered, the novelty factor was humongous but now there is a certain familiarity of the brand. Also, it has moved beyond marquee locations. In addition, aggression by ecommerce companies intensified, too,” said Devangshu Dutta, chief executive officer at Third Eyesight, a retail and consumer goods consulting company, explaining a potential reason why Zara hasn’t seen the same-store boom it has in other Asian countries.
In mid-2016, Zara India decided to cut prices by 10-12% to further entice Indian customers, to improve their growth and in part a response to H&M opening their first locations in the country. Even with relatively slow growth and competition heating up in the fast fashion space all around India, Zara plans on opening “a few more stores over the next three to four years in the major cities.”
Once they do, we’ll be sure to update this post.