Chennai

Saravana stores shopping is an experience

The first time I had gone shopping to the Saravana Stores – The Legend, Panagal Park, T.Nagar was in 2009. During my school days (in the 1980s) when we used to live in Ranganathan Street, I had gone to the first Saravana Stores many times.

Every visitor to Chennai city should definitely make a visit to the famous Saravana Stores – The Legend. It is an experience to shop here – both good and bad. For every category of items, there is a wide variety to select from and the price is reasonable. They have a cafeteria as well – don’t ask me about the quality of food as I have never tried that.

View of shoppers inside Saravana Stores - The Legend
View of shoppers inside Saravana Stores, Panagal Park – The Legend 

Almost always the shop is crowded, more so on weekends and festival days, but when I went on a Thursday afternoon it had more staff than shoppers, making it convenient for me to shop.

A few of the cloth materials I bought for bespoke shirts and trousers for me and my son
A few of the cloth materials for bespoke shirts and trousers for myself and my son

For a few years now, they have adequate car and two-wheeler parking facility at the street (Lakshmi Narasimhan) behind Panagal Park – you pay Rs.100 for car parking and they discount that in your purchase bill. 

(from left clockwise) Lakshmi Narayanan Street off. Duraiswamy Road, rear side entrance to Saravana Stores Panagal Park, Car Park building
(from left clockwise) Lakshmi Narasimhan Street off. Duraiswamy Road, rear side entrance to Saravana Stores Panagal Park, Car Park building
Gents Suiting section - Saravana Stores, Panagal Park - The Legend 
Gents Suiting section – Saravana Stores, Panagal Park – The Legend 
Gents Shirting section - Saravana Stores, Panagal Park - The Legend 
Gents Shirting section – Saravana Stores, Panagal Park – The Legend 
Sarees section - Saravana Stores, Panagal Park - The Legend 
Sarees section – Saravana Stores, Panagal Park – The Legend 

India’s retail king Mr Kishore Biyani has said in his book “It Happened in India” that Saravana Stores was the inspiration behind their Big Bazaar venture.