Vision Express has a plan to build up a network of 100 new stores in India this year through Pearle Europe's joint venture with Reliance Retail. It currently has just over 50 stores in the country. The first store was opened in Bangalore in December 2008. The project was launched in October 2008 by Jaroslaw Widomski, chief executive of Vision Express Poland. Widomski went back to his former job in Poland in March 2009. The operation has been run since last June by Guillaume Brouwet, a 41-year-old French manager who previously spent more than 14 years with Carrefour in France, South Korea and China, and then two and a half years as vice president of operations at Aditya Birla Retail, an Indian chain of hypermarkets.