Furniture, Hardware and Office Supplies in India
Information on chain stores that sell furniture, home furnishings, white goods, electrical appliances and office equipment...
India has plentiful shopping options. There are shopping areas and markets that sell most things in every city. In recent years, there has been huge growth in the number of chain stores, superstores and hypermarkets offering a wide selection of products, from food to clothing and household goods.
Shops and shopping centres are generally open for business from 10:00 to 21:00/22:00, including Sundays.
In India, bargaining is expected. In small shops in markets and shopping areas, always bargain. Start at about 40 percent of the asking price and aim for a discount of 10-20 percent. Even when buying furniture and appliances, a discount of 10-15 percent can be requested. Packaged goods always have a maximum retail price listed on the package. For goods such as kitchen appliances, offer 10-15 percent less than this price.
There are generally sales in January and June/July, as well as just before the Diwali festival (October/November), when gifts and new clothes are bought.
Shops selling foreign clothing brands such as Benetton, Esprit, Zara, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Daniel Hechter, FCUK, Pepe and Sisley can be found in the upmarket shopping malls in larger cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore.
For imported food goods, many of the large supermarket chains have a dedicated aisle of “international foods”.
Some of the major chain stores that stock domestic products are listed below.
Hypermarkets, Supermarkets and Superstores
Supermarkets and hypermarkets can be found in every Indian city. As well as groceries, they also sell clothes, household goods and appliances. Some of the main ones are:
- Big Bazaar: dubbed “India’s Walmart”, this huge hypermarket chain has more than 200 stores across almost 100 cities. Among the products on offer are food, clothing, furniture, books and electrical and entertainment goods. Prices are very low, and there are frequent sales and promotions.
- Spar: the Dutch supermarket has a total of 13 stores in eight cities. It is a favourite with expats because of the variety of products on offer: groceries, household goods, kitchen supplies, children’s clothing and toys, electrical appliances, and health and beauty products.
- HyperCity: has branches in 12 cities across India. This is another favourite with expats because of its range of imported foods. It stocks groceries, homeware and furniture, high-tech appliances, home entertainment, fashion, toys and sports goods. To find a store: Click here
- Spencer’s: this is a large Indian chain of supermarkets and hypermarkets, stocking groceries, fashion, household appliances, electronics, beauty products and imported food products. To locate a branch: Click here
- Food World: has 60 stores in Bangalore and Hyderabad. The local company plans to expand across India. To find a store: Click here
- Metro: there are 11 of these “cash and carry” outlets in India, offering wholesale prices on food, office equipment, home electronics, household goods, fashion, sports products and luggage. Shoppers need to have their own business and must apply for a membership card. For more information: Click here
Furniture and Appliance Stores
Furniture and appliances can be found in any commercial or market area in Indian cities. Chain stores with large showrooms often offer a larger variety of products. These are the largest chains:
- Home Centre: a popular chain with stores across India that sell furniture, linen, cookware and kitchen products, and household accessories. To locate a store: Click here
- Croma: a national chain that sells home and kitchen appliances, as well as electronic products such as phones, cameras and computers. To find a branch: Click here
- Viveks: this southern India chain sells home appliances and electrical goods. To find a store: Click here
- Ezone: this India-wide chain sells home and kitchen appliances, televisions, computers and electronic gadgets.
- Reliance Digital: sells televisions, electrical goods and household appliances. To find a store: Click here
Hardware and Building/DIY Materials
The best places to go for building materials, hardware and DIY tools are the traditional market areas. There are no showrooms or superstores for this kind of merchandise.
Office Supplies and Stationery
There are many small neighbourhood shops selling stationery supplies in cities across India. Many bookshops also supply some stationery products. Two major international companies have stores in India:
- Staples: the chain has 11 stores across India. All kinds of office supplies are available, from paper and pens to computers, printers and accessories.
- Office Depot: has three stores in Bangalore and plans to expand into other cities.