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Madhulika Bhattacharyya a.k.a. Madame La Cave sprinting ahead
Madhulika Bhattacharyya, who opened the modern retail store La Cave in Select City Mall in Delhi in 2015, opened a new one in Indiranagar Bangalore in mid-January this year and has also being looking after the shop-in-shop at Godrej Nature’s Bounty in Mumbai, Pune and now in Bangalore, writes Subhash Arora who feels a significant factor in growing with supersonic speed could be because of total support from her husband Aman Dhall, the leading importer in India
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Sonal Holland MW teams up with Foodhall for Wine Retail
Sonal Holland MW has ventured into the wine retail space this year with a new initiative Vine2Wine and inking a Contract with Foodhall Mumbai for retailing wines since March 2019, and opening her first wine and beer retail operation, as she has also been appointed Indian Brand Ambassador for Asia’s fine crystal glassware brand Lucaris, writes Subhash Arora
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Wine and Liquor Store for Ladies only
Unknown to most people in Delhi, there has been a wine and liquor store in the Star City Mall in Mayur Vihar Delhi since 2015, which has an independent section where only women or couples are allowed inside to shop for their complete requirement of wine and spirits in a relaxed atmosphere, writes Subhash Arora who visited the store with the strange name of Red Electric Store
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Modern Retail: Think Retail, Buy at Wholesale Prices at GTown Wines
Gurgaon is fast becoming wine retail capital of North India, after the failed experiment of monopoly in Haryana in 2017-2019, and quasi-monopoly in 2019-2020, opening up the market and touching lives of the residents with modern retail, thanks to a lacklustre policy in the adjoining Delhi. GTown Wines in Sector 40 is the biggest liquor store in North India which caught the fancy of Subhash Arora who visited it and believes the female friendly store is a boon for women and all wine and spirits drinkers though the focus is currently more on spirits but wine getting increasing traction
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La Cave opens Wine- Only Retail at Bangalore Airport
La Cave Fine Wines and Spirits, founded by Madhulika Dhall Bhattacharya in conjunction with her importer husband Aman Dhall, Director of Brindco, opened a new Retail store in the prestigious retail and F&B plaza at The Quad by BLR outside the Arrival lounge of the Bangalore Airport, earlier this week exclusively selling premier wines, reports Subhash Arora who feels that such stores will help promote wine culture and consumption and differentiate it from liquor
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U.P. gets first Modern Wine and Liquor Store Madira in Lucknow today
If it has always been predicted that Tier-2 cities will help bring wine drinking culture to next level and it is validated by the opening of MADIRA Store, a modern Retail Store being launched TODAY at the SRS (City) Mall in Gomti Nagar, with a good selection of Indian and imported wines and premium liquor including Single Malts, writes Subhash Arora with inputs from our representative Ambuj Srivastava who visited the store today.
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The Liquor Warehouse (TLW) in Gurgaon with excellent Potential
After 3 years of Monopoly, Haryana reverting to awarding the Distribution License L1-BF to 8 companies for Re 1 crore each, has already resulted in a modern Covid-protected liquor and wine store with emphasis on hygiene, technology and variety. The Liquor Warehouse (TLW) opening doors on the MG Road Gurgaon a couple of weeks ago has the potential to become the best store in the North in coming months, writes Subhash Arora who visited the store after his Lockdown of 5 months
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West Bengal and Orissa Start Liquor Home Delivery through Apps
What seemed an impossibility just a few months ago, is getting a grudging acceptance from States, with Maharashtra allowing sale of liquor through home delivery, followed by West Bengal and Orissa permitting also the Walmart’s e-commerce website FlipKart partnering with Diageo subsidiary HipBar for home delivery of wines and liquor, writes Subhash Arora who believes if successful, we may soon see online sales and delivery of wine and liquor across India post-Covid, or at least within a State just like in Maharashtra
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Online Wine and Liquor Sales in India on the Horizon
Our bureaucratic system did not allow online sales of alcohol for 20 years but it may soon become a reality, thanks to the long queues outside liquor shops on May 4 and 5 when the government allowed sale of liquor at these shops during the pandemic, with West Bengal taking the lead and soon to allow the likes of Amazon and Big Basket to start selling online, paving way for other States to follow suit, writes Subhash Arora, a strong proponent of online wine sales
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Mumbai Gears up for smooth Home Delivery of Wine and Beer
Keeping in view the immediacy of the problem of sales during the Covid-19 times, retailers in Mumbai are honing the art of home delivery with organised Retail like Nature’s Basket including them in their mobile Apps and importers like the Wine Park and Gusto, focusing on easing the ordering and delivery procedure, even as stand-alone retailers like Juben Wines, reinforce their delivery service as USP for improving sales, writes Subhash Arora who opines that this would be a fit case of making it a permanent feature, even at nominal additional cost
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Pragmatic Maharashtra allows Sale of Alcohol and Home Delivery
Whether it is the persistent demand from consumers, producers and importers of alcoholic products or more likely to fill the empty coffers of the treasury with the lucrative taxes collected from the sale of alcohol, the opposition run government in Maharashtra of Uddhav Thackeray has made a quick U-turn after banning the Sale on May 5 within 2 days, and pragmatically re-opened Sales with certain conditions, allowing also home delivery, writes Subhash Arora
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Supreme Court suggests Home Delivery of Liquor during Covid Pandemic
For the first time, a direction and positive suggestion from the Supreme Court comes today with the bench refusing to pass any order to ban liquor sales but recommending that States should consider indirect sale /home delivery of liquor to maintain social distancing, while rejecting a PIL to ban sales for this reason, writes Subhash Arora
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44 Shops sealed by Excise still not allowed to Commence Business
The 44 department stores sealed on September 23-24 for gross violation of the License conditions stay sealed awaiting direction from the government and suffering loss of sales even as the government is suffering loss of excise revenues and there is chaos and panic in the industry, writes Subhash Arora who implores the Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to also ascertain that if the shops were violating the conditions for 5 years or more, why the officials were not vigilant enough all these years
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The Taste that beats the others Cold
The Taste’ department stores in Defence Colony, New Delhi has been selling wine and beer for around 5 years, without a hint of selling wines but as you enter the store and walk towards the back, you see several bottles with different labels stored vertically and the pleasant face of Jimmy Wadhawan, the beard-sporting partner who has popularised wines enough to be nominated as the Best Retail Store of Delhi NCR at the delWine Excellence Awards, at Pullman in April 21. Subhash Arora had a long chat with him regarding Retail and the challenges and opportunities ahead
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Food for Thought: Sixty percent Restaurants are in High Street Markets in India
Almost 60 per cent of restaurants in Delhi-NCR, Mumbai and Bengaluru are located on high-street markets due to limited supply of quality space in shopping malls and scope for organic expansion, according to a survey by the international property consultant CBRE, based on a survey conducted among more than 1,200 restaurants in key locations in the three cities
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Tonique- India’s Biggest Liquor and Wine Shop in Hyderabad
What appears to be the biggest modern liquor and wine store with 15,000 sq ft area in the posh area of Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad , the recently opened Tonique has been attracting women and men alike and even tourists because of the expanse, location, variety, architectural and interior design and the seven day opening till midnight making it the preferred shopping destination , writes Subhash Arora who feels it will set the bar higher for others in India
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