I think almost every Nepalese has been to Bhat Bhateni Super Market for shopping and other purpose. Today we talk about the chairman and managing director of the supermarket, Min Bahadur Gurung.
Bhat-Bhateni Group operates as a Private Limited Company of Nepal and is the largest retail chain of Supermarkets in Nepal. With the history of 36 years of establishment, Mr. Min Bahadur Gurung have been working hard to stand and expand the Super Market trend in Nepal.
Early Childhood and Education of Min Bahadur Gurung
Min Bahadur Gurung was born in Dube, a small beautiful Gurung village in Khotang district in a farmer family. Since childhood, he was a brilliant and ambitious student. He always stood first in school level. His father encouraged him to wake up early and study hard. He believed in hard work often leads to success since childhood. He completed his intermediate and bachelor in management. He completed his master level in economics in 2039 B.S.
After leaving home, he started to work in Kathmandu. Soon, he found a job at Nepal Bank Limited for assistant level. Finding stability in job, he married Sabitri Gurung in 2040 B.S after finishing his masters level.
Thinking about future expenses, Min Bahadur Gurung tried to find a job for Sabitri Gurung but he couldn’t find it. So, they thought of opening a grocery store for her.
Beginning of single shutter store
Mr and Mrs Gurung along with one staff opened a single shutter grocery shop of 120 sq. feet in 1984 (2041 B.S.) in the area around Naxal and Kamal Pokhari of Kathmandu. The initial investment was Rs. 35,000 and the monthly rent was Rs. 700. The couple started the shop with the first day sales of Rs. 1500. Then the store was expanded to “double shutter” 240 sq. f t. grocery store. Thinking of expanding more, Min Bahadur Gurung left the job at Nepal Bank Limited and gave his full time on business. Safe, easy and affordable were the main motto of business then.
In the context of expanding, his store got fire at 2047 B.S. due to the fire from next door video shop and he faced a great loss on it. His friends extracted the share and gave up on him. But he didn’t give up and rebuild it in 1 month. Soon after 3 years i.e on 2050 B.S. he opened Bhat-Bhateni Super Market with two floors (3,000 sq. ft.) having investment of Npr. 2500000.00 with daily sales of Rs. 50000 and 13 dedicated staffs.
Expansion of other outlets
With the lapse of time, Min Bahadur Gurung started opening other outlets in different places inside and outside valley.
P.O. Box 320,Kathmandu.
Narayan Gopal Chowk , Chakrapath , Kathmandu
Chuchepati, Bouddha, Kathmandu
Bhat-Bhateni Krishna Galli
Krishna Galli, Pulchowk, Lalitpur
Putali line, Dharan.
Bhat-Bhateni Thimi, Bhaktapur
Present Scenario of Bhat-Bhateni Super Market
Today, Bhat-Bhateni Super Market has a combined 1,000,000 sq. ft. sales area across its 15 locations and employs 6000 full-time employees. With daily sales exceeding NRs. 5.5 Crore (USD 550,000.00), Bhat-Bhateni is also the largest taxpayer in the retail sector in Nepal.
From its 18 outlets, Bhat-Bhateni offers a range of 150,000 products from 1,000 local and international suppliers. Ranging from groceries and fresh produce; cosmetics and toiletries; a broad range of international liquor; to an extensive choice of kitchenware, clothing, sporting goods, toys and electronics, Bhat-Bhateni is committed to providing products of the highest quality, for the best prices.
Goal of Bhat-Bhateni Super Market
Having seen a meteoric growth over the past 35 years, Bhat-Bhateni remains committed to improving the shopping experience for its patrons and expanding its store locations in the country. To that end, Bhat-Bhateni will be unveiling 4 new supermarkets in 2019. Bhat-Bhateni also maintains the long-term goal of establishing farmer co-operatives in Nepal to source its fresh produce which will give employment to 50,000 people and likely position Bhat-Bhateni as the largest corporate tax payer in the country.
Bhat-Bhateni continues to be a leader in corporate responsibility and employment opportunity. It is at the heart of our commitment to creating opportunities and bringing value to customers and communities around Nepal.Our commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) could become a key driver for the company’s success.
Min Bahadur Gurung in Social Work
Despite earning, he is also keen interested in social work. He believes that the more you give to others, the more it comes back to you.
On this regard, Mr Min Bahadur Gurung and Mrs Sabitri Gurung, the social workers and owners of Bhat-Bhateni Supermarket has been providing collaborative scholarship to MBBS students who are from rural places reading in Patan Academy of Health Science(PAHS). In the kind of scholarship, two-third of the cost is born by the sponsor whereas the rest one-third is contributed by the academy. The Gurung couple has been providing two scholarships each year for remote districts of Nepal from the very first year of the PAHS MBBS program. Dhanamaya Gharti Magar from Rolpa and Shailesh Shrestha from Khotang, the home district of Mr Gurung were the first recipients of the award in 2010.
The Gurung family has been funding the entire emergency wing of the Teaching Hospital in Maharajgunj currently under construction. Mr. Min B. Gurung and family also donated money, clothes, food, cooking utensils and blankets to the Dubhekol (1995) and Sungdel (2003), Khotang flood victims. An ambulance has also recently been donated to Tamu Boudha Sewa Samittee and the company funded the construction of primary school in Khotang village.
Furthermore, Bhat-Bhateni has funded construction of Ganesh Temple (Khotang), Sai Centre (Narayan Chaur) and Shiva Temple (Haridwar, India) and constructed the green parks in Maharajgunj, Baluwatar and Koteswor.
Min Bahadur Gurung constructed a new emergency wing at Teaching Hospital, Maharajgung by investing Rs. 100 million in memory of his father Brisha Bahadur Gurung and mother Dhan Maya Gurung. Honourable President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav had inaugurated the building on 18 September 2011.
Since June 2009, Bhat-Bhateni has been promoting the Just Say No to Plastic Bags campaign along with Kathmandu University and Nagarik & República. Customers wishing to use plastic bags will be charged Rs. 1 per bag while the environment friendly bag will be available for Rs. 20. The proceeds will contribute towards improving the environment.
Suggestions for youth
As an advice, Min Bahadur Gurung urges youths not to be job holder instead start a business or startup and apply following things in life.