Founded in 2000, Guwahati-based Sohum Shoppe’s success tale is one of grit, determination and far-reaching vision. Recognised as a retail giant in East India, the chain currently owns 1,29,000 sq.ft. of retail space in the form of five stores. In the year 2005, Founder and Managing Director, Sohum Shoppe Ltd, Manohar Lal Jalan, decided to consolidate his gains and initiate expansion. By then, his older son Sandeep had joined the business.
“Our first store was situated at fourth floor of multi-storey commercial complex.
But for our second outlet— which is also our flagship—we didn’t compromise on location at all. The 28,000 sq.ft. Sohum Shoppe, the family mega store, rolled out in
2005 is located in Christian Basti on G S Road, the most posh and commercial locality of Guwahati,” said Jalan. Soon, his younger son Siddharth and daughter Swastika also teamed up with them and what followed was the launch of three more outlets, one each in Dibrugarh, Jorhat and Guwahati again bringing their store count to present five.
Today, Sohum is recognised as a retail giant in East India and its total retail space has reached 1,29,000 sq.ft. mark. In the coming future, Sohum aspires to become a benchmark for other retailers. Jalan apprises, “We would like to extend our presence beyond our home market Assam as and when the right opportunity arises.” The brand is set to come up with 2 more stores in the year 2017-18 calendar-- one each in Guwahati and Tezpur.