Zara welcomed shoppers to its first high street store in India located at Hutatma Chowk Square (Fort Area), the historical and commercial centre of Mumbai. The store is within the heritage-listed Ismail Building and features five commercial floors spanning a total 51,300 sq ft. The building dates back more than 110 years and has undergone significant restoration and refurbishment.
Zara’s architectural team, alongside local architects with expertise in heritage buildings, and preservation authorities have worked closely for two years to restore the magnificent building to its former glory. The building’s extensive renovation required deep research into historical documentation of the building’s original architectural characteristics. The project included many elements to allow the store to blend historical tradition with contemporary architecture.
Ismail Building, built around the turn of the 20th century, follows Edwardian Neo Classical style, representing the contemporary genre of the period. It first belonged to the Sir Ismail Yusuf Trust, the family of which were among the renowned landlords in the city at the time. During the past century the building was put to many different uses and eventually fell into disrepair.
Zara Ismail Building is the first Zara high street store in India, where the brand debuted in 2010 with stores in Delhi and Mumbai. Inditex Group now has 22 stores in the country (20 Zara and 2 Massimo Dutti stores), with almost 1,000 employees.
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