Bharti Walmart, the joint venture between Bharti Enterprises and America's Wal-Mart Stores, on Thursday said it would hire over 1,000 people by this year-end as part of expansion of its wholesale business.

The company is planning to open 60 retail stores by the end of 2010 to take the number to 140.

“The additional manpower will be deployed at our cash-and-carry stores. We will be adding 60 new stores and this manpower will help in streamlining our operations,” Bharti Walmart Managing Director and CEO Raj Jain told journalists here. Bharti Enterprises and Wal-Mart Stores entered into a joint venture in August 2007.

Bharti Walmart also opened its second training centre in Delhi on Thursday in association with the Delhi Government.

“Our mission is to provide productive job-oriented vocational skills to address the employability issue in Delhi and adjoining townships. We have received tremendous response from our training centre in Amritsar, and we hope to replicate this here,” Mr. Jain added.

According to Bharti Enterprises vice-chairman and managing director Rajan Mittal, “the retail sector is emerging as a future growth engine of our economy and initiatives like the Bharti Walmart Training Centre will be leading the way in creating a talent pool for the sector.”

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