AN OVERVIEW OF THE HISTORY :
Apna Bazaar Co-operative was started on 1st May 1948 as a small departmental
store at Naigoan, Mumbai. In the early period of post independence era, cloth purchase was
on the rationing basis and many restrictions such as import ban were imposed by the
British Government were still continued. To overcome this obstacle mill workers in
Mumbai organized grocery and cloth store by collective efforts which was named as
Mumbai Kamgar Madhyawarti Grahak Sahakari Mandal Ltd. Shri Dadasaheb Sarfare was
the core person behind the founding, organizing and upliftment of this co-operative society.
Gradually year after year this store was developed into 7 department store. The mill
workers used to spare time from their shifting duties and devote themselves in contributing
to the functions of this cooperative to meet its objective of satisfying food and clothing
needs of the lower middle class people dwelling in the south of Mumbai city.
During years later many members purchased shares and invested gradually
resulting into tremendous expansion and diversification of the organization. At present the
administrative and departmental store at Naigaon is 34 years old.
The labour strikes in the initial stages were influnced by Sampoorna Community i.e
Praja Samajwadi Paksh.
The core value of the organization is to provide quality products at a cheaper rate at
Total number of employees working the Apna Bazaar all over Mumbai is 850.
Apna Bazaar has Seven Department Stores at Naigaon, Fort, Andheri, Mulund, Vashi,
Thane and Ratnagiri, 28 Retail outlets and 6 Medical Shops extend services in Mumbai.
Super Market at Deorukh and Retail outlets at Alore, Bhagvati (Ratnagiri) and Tarapore
provides services to consumers in Rural Kokan areas. Fleet of 12 Mobile Van shops cater to
the needs of consumers at their doors. There are 13 vehicles of the main Naigaon
department used fo