Monday, January 10, 2022

[EXCLUSIVE] Patel Brothers to Open New Store in Kennesaw

Patel Brothers, an Indian oriented grocery store and market, plans to open its third Atlanta area location.  The new store, which will be located not far from Town Center at Cobb in Kennesaw, will backfill a large building that was years ago home to Rec Warehouse, a retailer of pools and billiards.  The building (2646 George Busbee Parkway) is about 22,000 square feet and was as of 2019 slated to become a new location of locally owned Souq International Markets, a Middle East-focused grocer, but those plans never came to fruition. 

Hanover Park, Illinois-based Patel Brothers currently operates about 50 stores throughout 19 states including the company's original Atlanta area store on Church Street in Decatur.  The Decatur location, which occupies a former Kroger, has the center in which its located named for it: Patel Plaza.  The company opened a second area store in Suwanee in 2019 where it occupies a 35,000 square foot space in a newly constructed center just off Peachtree Parkway in south Forsyth County.    

Planning documents filed with Cobb County indicated more than $2.5 million will be spent converting the existing building to suit the needs of the specialty grocer.  

Patel Brothers started in 1974 as a small 800 square foot neighborhood shop in Chicago opened by two brothers, Mafat and Tulsi Patel.  At the time, the Patels were recent immigrants from India, and had trouble finding the ingredients they craved from back home. Their shop sold the kinds of items you couldn’t get at your average grocery store like fresh spices, lentils, and chickpea flour — all imported from India.  Today, Patel Brothers sells anything from fresh-made roti (an Indian flat bread) to assorted produce, meats and packaged goods.  

While Kroger, Publix, Walmart and Whole Foods Market fight each other for business, Patel Brothers, Nam Dae Mun, H mart and others, have each carved out followings by catering to specific ethnic groups and their preferred foods.  

The Kennesaw location of Patel Brothers is expected to open later this year.    

Have you ever been to Patel Brothers?  Where do you shop for ethnic grocery items?   What is your favorite Indian food?

Please share your thoughts below. 

4 comments:

Carl Cardamom said...

A unique store, for Atlanta. Where else can you get six varieties of mixed pickle? The specialty grocers are an asset to the city, that I would be sad to give up.

Anonymous said...

When in kennesaw ga

Anonymous said...

Really looking forward to a Kennesaw location. We make the 45minute drive to the Suwanee location once every 2-3month. And used to only go every 6months when it was only the Decatur location a good hour away. The Kennesaw location will better serve us in Cobb County.

Curious said...

When will the store open?

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