Woodland to assess situation before reopening stores in Rohtak
The outlets were generating sales around Rs 4-5 crore per annum, the company said.
During the stir, arsonists had first looted and then burnt down two Woodland stores located in Rohtak, which was the epicenter of pro-quota Jat agitation.
"For Rohtak, we will asses (situation) before we take a call on whether to reopen the stores," Woodland Managing Director Harkirat Singh told PTI.
He also described the mayhem in several parts of Haryana during Jat stir as setback.
"It was a setback. We were running both of profitable stores. We would have opened another one, but now we are thinking to whether to reopen those two. It was a setback not only for us but for so many other companies," Singh said.
"We have close to 25-30 stores in Haryana. Practically in all towns... and it is not that we are closing those stores, they will keep running," he said.
He further said the company might look at the possibility of opening its stores on a franchise model.
"These things happen and they are very sad... we all feel there is a lot of market potential there, but when such things take place, we take a step back and we think whether it is really sensible to do it, but of course, one has to see as for the future... may be we will be more careful probably we open franchise. We have not yet thought of how we will take it up now... we are still kind of what is the possibility. Normally, we open company owned stores everywhere," he said.
"We have yet to decide what to do... we are still pursuing how we can get compensation then we will probably search for some franchisees. In places where we are not sure where we feel about safety angle and all, it is always better to have local person involved who can take care better," he said.
Rohtak had seen massive damage to the private property by violent protesters.
Among shops and outlets, which were damaged and burnt by mob were McDonald's, Chevrolet showroom at Sonepat road, a mall, Hyundai showroom at Jind bypass, Toyota showroom and Honda showroom at Hisar road.
Business community in Rohtak alone had claimed financial losses of about Rs 1,000 crore in the form of property damage and looting incidents during the stir.