New Delhi: Food delivery app Zomato, which is working to explore public markets later this year, has reached an agreement to invest $100 million in online grocer Grofers for about a 10 per cent stake.Also Read - Parineeti Chopra Meets Priyanka & Nick Jonas' Daughter Malti Marie, Says She's Healthy Now And 'The Most Beautiful Baby In The World'- Watch Video

According to TechCrunch, the proposed investment values the seven-year-old startup Grofers, which counts SoftBank as its largest investor, at over $1 billion. Also Read - Will Resign If SC Verdict Goes Against MVA Govt, Says ‘Emotional’ Uddhav Thackeray

Zomato’s proposed investment is part of a broader round, in which others including Tiger Global and SoftBank Vision Fund 2 are expected to chip in some capital. Zomato said it had no comment to make, citing sources, the report said. Also Read - Maharashtra Crisis: Mumbai Put Under High Level Security Blanket Ahead of Expected Floor Test Tomorrow

The leadership teams at Grofers and Zomato have long been close friends and began exploring this investment earlier this year.

Both the firms are also open to the idea of Zomato acquiring a majority stake in Grofers in the coming quarters, though a decision hasn’t been reached and won’t be fully explored until Zomato becomes a publicly-traded company, the source told TechCrunch.

Zomato, which acquired Uber’s Indian food delivery business early last year, has told some of its major investors that it envisions a future where the firm has expanded much beyond the food delivery category, the source said, requesting anonymity as the talks are private.

Grofers has witnessed a sharp surge in its popularity in the past year as several Indian states enforced strict lockdown restrictions to contain the spread of the virus.

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