As Bradford Bazaar celebrates three years in business this year, Urban Echo takes a look at the Bazaar’s journey from its roots to where it is today.
Jas Maharaja of Maharaja Fabrics Director was the brainchild behind the concept as he saw a gap in the market for Asian shopping under one roof. Since its grand opening by George Galloway in April 2012, several Bazaars have come and gone but Bradford Bazaar seems to grow in status every year.
Initially launched with forty stalls, it doubled its size to its current capacity of ninety-six. Owner Jas tells Urban Echo, “I had to expand after my first year as demand for stalls was incredible. I am currently looking into ways of making the building bigger so we can accommodate even more traders and give our customers more choice.”
Bradford Bazaar celebrated its first anniversary by inviting popular Indian screen icon Jackie Shroff to visit the premises. It proved to be a very popular event as hundreds of fans gathered around the Bazaar to catch a glimpse of their screen idol. Shroff’s presence triggered further exclusive visits by yesteryear Indian actress Vijayanthi Mala, Pakistani television queen Samina Peerzada and Pakistani actor Nadeem Abbas.
Bradford Bazaar’s love affair with the tinsel town of Bollywood and Lolywood did not stop there as ace Mumbai based movie producer Vashu Bhagnani chose the Bradford Bazaar as a location to shoot scenes of his new film, Welcome To Karachi. Directed by Ashish R. Mohan, the film features actor Arshad Warsi in a pivotal role in a political satire about two Indians who land in Karachi, Pakistan without their passports. Several traders appeared as extras and Jas Maharaja was cast in a cameo role portraying the Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Mr Maharaja concludes, “Things are good for us at the moment but we can’t afford to sit back. I am always looking to improve the Bradford Bazaar and will continue to invest for the future.
“We recently started an extensive television advertising campaign in an effort to attract a wider audience and I am eager to welcome you regardless of where you live as coach trips are also welcome.”
If you haven’t yet visited the Bradford Bazaar, it’s high time you plan a visit and see for yourself what all the fuss is about.