Homewares and furnishing chain Cath Kidston has announced it plans to expand its global presence with the opening of three new stores in India.

The first of the three stores will open in the Ambience Mall Gurgaon and Select City Walk Saket, both in Delhi in early Autumn 2016. The third store is planned for Mumbai, in the Grand Galleria, High Street Phoenix.

Cath Kidston Group has confirmed that stores will be franchises of the brand after agreeing a partnership with Planet Retail Holdings Private Limited, while also confirming that further openings are scheduled over the next few years.

Kenny Wilson, CEO of Cath Kidston, said: “India is one of the fastest growing markets in the world and we are very excited about bringing Cath Kidston to India. We do a lot of homework before we enter a new market and we already know from the growing online sales that people in India like our products. From this, we think that India could potentially become a very successful and important market for us.

“We have had a great first half of 2016 with six months of straight, positive like-for-like sales in the UK, reflecting the strength and success of our Spring Summer 2016 range. The success of the strategy to globalise the brand is working and the Cath Kidston footprint keeps growing with more stores being opened in Japan and the Middle East this year.”