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It all started in 2004 when Kishore Pabari and his family opened the first India Bazaar store in Plano, Tx. Knowing the cultural importance of food for the Indian & South Asian community it has been India Bazaar’s number one priority to offer its community a people’s store.
Since 2004, India Bazaar has worked hard to abide by its motto of “Nobody gives you India like we do”. With the efforts of our team members and support of its shoppers India Bazaar now has 7 locations serving the DFW community.
Over the years with the love and support from our community India Bazaar has grown as a brand. With our franchising program we aim to offer Indian and South Asian community in USA a home away from home by bringing stores to the cities nationwide. Our brand new India Bazaar West Plano location at 8450 Angels Drive Plano Tx 75024 also serves as corporate head quarters & franchise training facility.
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About Pabari Brothers:
Nobody Gives You India Like We Do
The Pabari family led by Mr. Kishore Pabari with his wife Kashmira Pabari and two sons Anand and Gopal arrived from Gujarat toHouston, TXin 1998. This7th generation Pabari family left their ancestral spice business and arrived hereas immigrants. With a mere $200 in their pocket, out of which relinquished $50 in customs (a story they laugh about), so left with only $150 were on their way to realize 'The American Dream'!
The Pabari Family reminisce that within a day of landing on March 13, 1998, Anand who was 19 years old startedwork at their Uncle's Indian grocery wholesale warehouse the very next day! Gopal was 15 years old and went to school. Having the business lineage in their blood, they now began to learn the American way of doing business at the top well-known brand of the time. Within three months, the entire family moved to Richardson, TXto workand started working at 'India Grocers' across from Hwy 75 and Beltline road.
Blessing in Disguise:
The brothers knew only two English words 'Thank you' & 'Sorry'. Today, they speak fluent English and attribute it to what followed since 1998. They began working during the pre- internet &cell phone era. They recall “it was a very different phase, things moved slower than today”. They were excited when they received their first Pagers! Boots on the ground, the family toiled very hard for the next 4 to 5 years at India Grocers, gaining hands on experience and learningthe trade first hand.Anand did branch out for a couple of years and ran his own grocery storeDana Bazaar in Arlington, TX in 2002. In the interim, the ownership at India Grocers changed hands putting the Pabari family out of jobs. The Brothers state with pride: “They (Indian Grocers) made the mistake of not keeping us but the biggest blessing was letting us go. We had no choice to but to start India Bazaar”!
The American Dream | INDIA BAZAAR : Plano 2004
After working on foreign grounds for 5 years, there was nothing foreign about the Pabari family starting their own business- India Bazaar; after all, Entrepreneurship is in their blood! The brothers joined forces along with their parents and opened their first India Bazaar location in Plano. The family ran it themselves; in fact their mother was the first cashier of India Bazaar. Theyhired the first employee only after 6 months and today they have 200+employees across 8 iconic locations all over the DFW metroplex!
Their mission has always been to make Indian grocery easily accessible to the South Asian Community. The Pabari family recognized the dire need to serve good quality Indian groceries in the DFW as people were driving from all the various DFW suburbs to Richardson to get their Indian groceries in the 90s. The tremendous success of their Plano location eventually drove 'India Grocers' out of business!
The Landmark: Irving 2009
When rest of the economy shaky in 2008 -2009, it actually marked the milestone year for the Pabari Brothers. When the demand for Indian groceries was at it's peak, they opened their 2nd location in Valley Ranch in 2009. The Brothers share the story of this opening rather fondly, “There was serpentine lines all the way outside the store for 15 consecutive days. We had to hire cops to man the crowd”! The Irving location put them on the map and there was no stopping the brothers now. India Bazaar since then has opened a new location every couple of years and have a vision for 70 locations across USA to Canada, Australia and beyond.
Giving Back to the Community:
Mr. Gopal, CEO of India Bazaar shares, “We came to The USwith a dream but what we have achieved till now is much bigger than that original dream,enabling us to Dream even Bigger! We want to pass it on to the next generation plus encourage hard working families moving to The US, there is ample opportunity”. Mr. Anand,who is the President, hopes to inspire other like-minded families, “We have this well packaged model perfected over 20+ years which is open to strategic
partners who wish to join us in our journey. Our franchisee program is our way of giving that opportunity to other families to start their American dream and we have room for 70 + locations”.
India Bazaar has become a house hold phenomena in the South Asian community in the DFW area. The vision is to make this a Nationwide brand. It is the fastest growing Indian ethnic grocery chain and what sets them apart from competitors is that India Bazaar is an Upscale and New Generation Indian Grocery store. They offer the largest collection of organic portfolio. One can easily find organic fruits in vegetables in the mainstream market but not organic carbs & grains. India Bazaar by far closes that gap with their wide range of organic grains, lentils, rice and dry fruits. They are focused on serving health conscious millennials and other generations bringing Healthy, Fresh and High Quality organic and plant based selection to their aisles. They partner with suppliers back in India to ensure that strict standards and needs are adhered to.
Their second concept adjoining India Bazaar is 'Rajula's Kitchen' a healthy vegetarian, vegan option. It has an Indian street food take. They are adding this to all the India Bazaar as they plan to open in major cities such as Chicago, Atlanta etc.
The brothers are grateful to their parents for the sacrifices they made during the early days upon landing as immigrants. The family's extraordinary American Dream to revolutionize the Supermarket by reducing drive time and serving the best quality products at best price to the growing suburban population is on their way to their Grand Opening of Store Number 8 in West Frisco/Little Elm. The Pabari brothers attribute their success to their loyal team members, associates, and the people for their tremendous ongoing support. To join their incredible journey check their
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