Couple from Chandigarh opens grocery store in Australia, gets business award

  • Devendra Uppal, Hindustan Times, Hisar
  • Updated: Jun 25, 2014 00:13 IST

A couple from Chandigarh, who had migrated to Sydney in Australia last year and opened an Indian grocery outlet ‘Desi Hatti’ there, has been conferred with ‘New Business Award 2014’ by the Sydney administration, which has also ensured them all support in their new venture.

“Paramjit Singh Ghumman, a gallantry award winning retired officer of the Border Security Force (BSF), and his wife Navjot Kaur, a former teacher at BSF School, Panchkula, have been running the outlet for over nine months with full dedication,” said Krishma, a dentist, who hails from Sonepat and works in Sydney.

Ghumman was honoured with the gallantry award in 1994 by the union home ministry for his role in fighting the extremists in Jammu and Kashmir. Some English and Punjabi newspapers in Sydney have also published their success story. The Ghummans have employed three Indian youths on part time basis to help them at the shop.

When contacted over phone, Ghumman said: “I have been in uniform most of my life and wanted to be in civil service after my retirement from the BSF. One of my friends in Sydney invited us to settle there for a quality life. My wife welcomed the idea and encouraged me to travel to Sydney and explore the idea of settling there. Finally, we landed there and found things very suitable.

“For over two months, we surveyed the market and the Indian diaspora suggested us to open an Indian grocery outlet at Stanhope Village Mall. The Blacktown Council of Sydney considered daily needs of the Indian diaspora and allotted us the showroom at Stanhope Village Mall. Since then, we never looked behind.”

Navjot Kaur, however, said over phone, “The response was so good that we started devoting 12 to 14 hours a day to meet the requirement of the customers. Now we have young boys and a girl to help us. We are lucky to have the first slot in the mall, which is easily approachable to the customers. We also cater to the needs of Aussies, who visit us regularly.”

“The Sydney administration has its own way and methods to assess the upcoming ventures supported by the customers, which meet their parameters of quality, promptness, fair price and polite dealing with the clients. On the basis of their evaluation, they chose Desi Hatti for the award.”

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