Apna Bazar, the synonym for the household consumables needs, is the brand name of the Mumbai Kamgar Madhyawarti Grahak sahakari Sanstha Maryadit, a co-operative organisation started in 1948 by a few people committed to social cause, while responding to a clarion call of the nation for freedom. Amidst the festive mood and the enthusiasm when India's tryst with its destiny was complete, a few people could guess what independent citizens of India were destined to. The national economic policy was yet to take shape. The whole world was facing scarcity of food grains, as a fallout of the Second World War 1942. At this juncture, with a view to safeguarding the interests of working class, people under the leadership of Veteran social leaders like Ashoka Mehta, S.M. Joshi, N.G.Gore, Achyutrao Patwardhan, owing allegiance to socialist ideology, a handful of activists from Naigaum, Dadar, a mill-worker dominated area, in Mumbai, started a fair-price shop on 27th December 1948, under the name of the Naigaum Kamgar Grahak Sahakari Mandal Limited (the Naigaum Employees Consumer Co-operative Society) (NKGSM)

After the food, came clothing. Facing the acute shortage of clothing, the government of independent India declared rationing of clothing and the NKGSM started a cloth shop in February 1949. This organization then expanded its consumer activities beyond local area of Naigaum and the name was changed to Mumbai Kamgar Madhyawarti Grahak Sahakari Mandal to suit the diversification of activity. The State Government, satisfied with the effective services rendered to the customers in a proper manner, granted the status of a central consumers co-operative society. Having fulfilled the needs of food and clothing, the MKGSM then started para medical activities. keeping into mind, the need and health and education of common man in the society with this view, the first medical retail shop was opened in 1964. Today Sanstha is operating seven medical branches independently and five medical counters through its network. These medical outlets have earned goodwill to Sanstha, as the customers have a clear faith, that only reputed companies and original medicines only are sold at Apna Bazar.
The Sanstha went on progressing further to open the first 4 storeyed department store- Apna Bazar in 1968 at its birth place, in Mumbai. The four-storeyed premises today is also a premium place for shopping pleasure. Today Apna Bazar Co-op. is the largest retailer in the country, with an annual Turn over of Rs.137 Crores through 25 retail outlets as mentioned below:-
Break-up of its retail network is given below.
Super Markets Food Stores Medical Stores Franchisee
Whole Sale Units
7   5 11 1 11 1
Capital Structure
Capital Structure of Apna Bazar as on 31-03-2014 is as follows :-
Authorised Capital Rs.5,00,00,000
Issued & Subscribed Capital Rs.1,85,35,660

Apart from being the biggest retailer, Apna Bazar has made its humble contribution as under, to the development of National Economy.

(Fig. in lacs)
S.N. Year 2013-2014


Staff Strength (Nos.) 435
2 Wages Payment 826
3 Sales Tax 52
4 Insurance 7
(Fig. in lacs)
31-03-2013 Liabilities 31-03-2014 31-03-2013 Assets 31-03-2014
181 Paid up share capital 185 194

Cash & Bank Bal.


6544 Reserve & other funds 6540 1784 Investments


484 Staff benevolent fund 556 373 Sundry Debtors


1014 Loans 1003 468 Stock in trade


1036 Deposits 994 7232 Fixed Assets


799 Current laib. & Surplus 851 7 Others
(Promotional & e/f.exp.)
10058 TOTAL 10129 10058 TOTAL 10129
From the above table, it may be observed that Apna Bazar has created employment more than 500 local people directly and the equal number of part-time employees through allied services. It has also been paying crores of Rupees in terms of taxes to the state exchequer every year.

Apna Bazar as a partner in co-operative movement, has not only served the Millions of households of Mumbai, but also has made an humble beginning to serve the people of rural Maharashtra in various ways. For example, Sanstha has been procuring green vegetables and Rice, Wheat, Dalls, Cereals, pulses, etc. direct from the farmers. Sanstha is purchasing Alpnhanso Mangoes from farmers at Ratnagiri & Sindhudurga Districts of Maharashtra State and helping economical growth of rural sectors.

Apna Bazar has also opened retail outlets at Deorukh, Chiplun and Department Store at Ratnagiri and Lanja to render better service to the consumers in rural areas and to promote local entrepreneurship.

Apna Bazar Branch at Madgaon, Goa state and Apna Bazar Branch at Umargaon, Gujrat state are also rendering excellent customers services to Goan & Gujarati residents.

Thousands of official and non-official co-operators both Indian as well as foreigners, have been visiting Apna Bazar every year and they are drawing inspiration from its success story.

            The achievement of Apna Bazar has been possible because of the dedication and devotion of active participating members and visionary leadership, sincere, ungrudging work of the employees and love and goodwill of millions of inhabitants and consumers of Mumbai and Maharashtra. The management of Apna Bazar is greatful to all the customers for their support to co-operative movement.
  1. We are awarded First prize by Jamnalal Bajaj 'Uchit Vyavahar Puraskar' (i.e. 'Fair Business Practices Award' in the year 1988-1989 & again in the year 2000-2001)

  2. The Government of Maharashtra has given certificate that our organization is engaged in Public Utility Services (i.e. Sevabhavi Sanstha)
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