Chennai’s Amma Naana, the shop with flavours from around the globe, opens a brand new outlet on ECR

Chennai’s Amma Naana, the shop with flavours from around the globe, opens a brand new outlet on ECR
Chennai’s Amma Naana, the shop with flavours from around the globe, opens a brand new outlet on ECR
Senthil Raj with clients from three generations

Senthil Raj with shoppers from three generations
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For a long time, Amma Naana on Chamiers Road has been introducing town to worldwide connoisseur merchandise. The 8,000 sq. toes retailer, unfold over three flooring, shares over 25,000 merchandise, with new ones being added each month.

But 54 years in the past, it was an 800 sq. toes milk depot that additionally offered vegetables and fruit. “It was began by Raja Mani and VR Govindaswamy, my uncle and aunt,” says Senthil Raj who’s a accomplice and helms operations. Over the years, because the locality developed, the shop began promoting meals merchandise. And so from 1978, it has been overflowing with quite a lot of cookies, cheese, cereals, chips, drinks, candies, noodles, and dry fruits, amongst others.

To cater to its ever rising customer-base, the shop has simply launched a department in Neelankarai, ECR. Other than the same old merchandise, the shop — unfold throughout 6,000 sq. toes— additionally incorporates a pharmacy, laundry, and a meat store. “We need to provide individuals all the pieces they may probably need from a retailer,” says Senthil. This is why right here, you’ll discover not simply the newest flavour of Oreo biscuits, but in addition packs of ₹15 tea kadai biscuits.

At Amma Naana

At Amma Naana
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Special Arrangement

Senthil says that his workforce is eager to fulfill their shoppers’ requests and that is how in addition they be taught of recent merchandise. “Recently, somebody requested if I may supply Cheetos bacon flavour from Australia. Then there are breakfast cereals like Cinnamon Toast Crunch that individuals wished and it’s common now amongst different shoppers too,” he says.

Fifty % of Amma Naana’s clientele is expats. “We have all the time stocked merchandise from the UK and the US. Over the final 10 years, we’ve added extra of Japanese and Korean objects. This consists of totally different manufacturers of sea weed, kimchi, ginger, and miso paste,” he says, including that their vary of noodles has tripled during the last 4 years and now they’ve over 100 varieties on provide.

Senthil has seen tendencies come and go. “Twenty years in the past, tonic water held a wow issue, however now individuals need root beer. Back then individuals have been excited in regards to the Starbucks espresso powder we offered however now they need almond espresso and almond milk. Likewise the Nutella craze has now paved approach for cashew and almond butter,” says Senthil. But regardless of the requirement, he says Amma Naana will all the time have it.

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