New Delhi: In the largest office leasing deal, homegrown e-commerce giant Flipkart on Saturday agreed to take 3 million square feet of prime office space in Bangalore from realty firm Embassy group at an annual rent of Rs 300 crore.
The lease contract is part of Flipkart's expansion plans as it will hire 12,000 people this year to beef up support and technology operations.
The Bangalore-based firm has chalked out an ambitious expansion plan as it aims to take on rivals like Snapdeal and Amazon to grab a lion's share of the estimated over $3-billion e-commerce market in India.
"Flipkart has signed an irrevocable letter of intent with Embassy Group for leasing 3 million sq ft office space. The final agreement will be signed within 90 days," Anuj Puri, country head and chairman of property consultant JLL India, told PTI.
JLL India aided Flipkart in securing the office space in the Silicon Valley of India.
"It is the biggest single occupier leased transaction, in terms of space volume, in India which demonstrates the beginning of Indian real estate office market recovery," he added.
"3 million sq ft of office space will be leased to Flipkart in phases. We have won this transaction because of our reputation and experience of having dealings with large MNCs like Microsoft and IBM," Embassy Group chairman and managing director Jitu Virwani said.
The rental will be around Rs 90 per sq ft per month for fully furnished office space, he added.
The office space located at Outer Ring Road, Bangalore is part of Embassy Group's commercial project 'Embassy Office Park' in joint venture with private equity firm Blackstone, Mr Virwani said.
Flipkart declined to comment.
"This is the largest ever office leasing transaction in India. It has taken over a year of thorough due diligence and process led by JLL India. We are proud to partner with an Indian company that is leading the technology business in the country," JLL India South India managing director Juggy Marwaha said.
JLL had shortlisted over 10 developers and Embassy was selected after a long due and rigorous process of due diligence, he added.
Embassy said in a statement the office premises with fit outs is expected to be delivered within 24 months for an initial 1.5 million sq ft, with an option to increase this to 3.25 million sq ft over the next 3 to 5 years.
"Being strategically located in the heart of Bangalore's IT corridor, Embassy TechVillage is well connected to the IT hubs of Whitefield and Electronic City as well as the CBD. Our office parks are more than just brick and mortar workplaces - they are business ecosystems engineered to enhance productivity by building vibrant communities," Mr Virwani said.
Embassy TechVillage is a 106 acre development located on Outer Ring Road in Bangalore. It is planned as an integrated project with commercial components as well as retail and residential spaces, the release said.
Embassy Office Parks will also be constructing build-to- suit office spaces for clients, both SEZand non-SEZ, as part of Embassy's integrated business park concept, it added.