Company: Choithrams Group
LT Pagarani’s supermarket empire started long before the brand established itself in the UAE three decades ago. It was initially set up in Sierra Leone in the 1940s by Thakurdas Choithram Pagarani, who grew it into an international giant spanning Europe, North America, Africa and finally, the GCC.
Today, it has over 25 stores in the Gulf. But the younger Pagarani has done just as good a job in expanding the group as his predecessor, developing it to cover sectors such as hospitality, clothing, logistics and distribution.
The group continues to grow in the UAE, where it opened its new flagship supermarket in Mirdif in 2016, followed by its Marketplace by Choithrams concept in October last year at Jumeirah Golf Estates. The 16,441 sq ft supermarket is spread across two levels and houses a range of fresh foods and non-food products.