Amin H. Karim
In this article we will present small family owned businesses in Karachi that have survived the changes of Karachi. It will be work in progress as we add more businesses that are discovered by the members of the Karachi Past and Present forum on FaceBook.
Karachiites remember many a small business that did an excellent job in their field. It is a personal observation that many family owned businesses in Karachi came to an end for one of the three reasons: (1) competition from large corporations as happens in many parts of the world (2) family disintegration due to one reason or another (3) and most importantly, I think, emigration of children to other countries a direct result of unfortunate violence in the city but also children simply not returning once they were prospering in other countries. There may be other reasons as well.
Here are some businesses that have survived the above causes and continue to serve Karachiites, in fact have grown with time and spread to the suburbs with branches.
- KAUSAR MEDICO:
Started on Bunder Road (Now I.I. Jinnah Road) in 1948 and owned by a Mr. Hussain Kausar. It now has branches in Defense Housing Society. The original shop is located across from Khaliq Dina Hall and Dow University of Health Sciences, in the neighborhood of old Majestic Cinema. Majestic Cinema is now gone and replaced by Allahwala Cloth Market built by Mr.Abdul Khaliq Allahwala who was a Member of National Assembly in 1960’s in the Ayub Khan era.
English Boot House
Sind Islamia Hotel
Hollywood Hair Dressers Tariq Road
Thank You Akbar Zaidi Sahib.
Kausar Medicos branch not in defence society. This is KDA Scheme 33 Block 9, Clifton, at Chaudhary Khaliq uz Zaman road( Gizri road) karachi. This building was made at reclaimed land at Nahr e Khayyam which was connecting to Boat Basin.
Also added Tapal Tea Co. Korangi Karacni. Started in 1947 in Jodia Bazar
Ohters added Nov 2018:
Abbasi Kitab Khana Juna Market est 1910
Hotel Mehran, Shahrah-e-Faisal, 189 room Hotel built by r. Feroze Baweja.
Who can forget Bridge Stores, just past Clifton Bridge on the right hand corner on the way to Clifton.
United bakery, Abdul Khaliq sweet, chorangi store and tit bit comic book