How Two Chicago Brothers Built the Largest Indian Grocery Chain in North America

A fight broke out over shopping carts at the Patel Brothers grand opening in Niles on Thursday morning. The largest retail chain of Indian grocery stores in North America, founded in Chicago, was prepared. After a Hindu priest’s blessing, as well as crowd control by private security and local police, shopping and samosa sampling quickly resumed on the first of a four-day grand opening weekend. The excitement drew thousands, some of whom waited for two hours in the rain.

“When we opened the first shop, it was 800 square feet on Devon,” said Talashi Patel, co-founder of Patel Brothers. “Today it’s more.” Thousands of square feet more.

The original Patel Brothers, open since 1974, still stands in the Little India area of the West Rogers Park neighborhood.

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