Future Group which has become very aggressive in retailing, plans to open Medical Clinics in shopping Malls. Recall, we had reported their plans to open GYMs with Health Clubs in their Central Malls across India.
These clinics will offer specialty medical consultation, perform small day care procedures, diagnostic facilities, skin therapy and have a pharmacy as well. They are proposed to occupy between 1,200 to 1,500 sft area.
Future Group has tied up with Global Hospitals for the proposed venture. Mr. KB [Kishore Biyani] said,
We are building a prototype for quick service health care clinics with Global Hospitals which will treat common aliments.These clinics will come up in shopping malls and Big Bazaar outlets. The healthcare retail venture will be kicked off shortly.
We have reliably learnt that Future Group will hold 51% in the venture. Future Group has unsuccessfully tried to tie-up with Manipal Hospitals for Health clinics retailing.
However, one question still remains unanswered – why would clinics be inside malls, as if we are least bothered about our health and wouldn’t want to see a doctor when we are unwell ?