Southern Indiana now has an Indian grocery store.
Spiceland Indian Grocery opened in Clarksville at 706 E. Lewis and Clark Pkwy., Suite G, last week, and is now open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The store serves spices, ready-to-eat and frozen foods, rice, flour, candy, snacks, cookies and more.
Owner Inderjit Kumar said he’d been looking for a location for about two years, but he chose the storefront because it was close to Kroger and the Green Tree Mall, making it easy for people to find, and came at a good price. His main motivation in opening Spiceland was giving Indian Americans on his side of the river a place to shop for Indian food without crossing the toll bridges.
Interestingly, Kumar has a rather non-traditional background for a grocery store owner: he’s a stuntman and actor in Hollywood productions. He told LEO that he’s been in hundreds of movies, 60 commercials, and 60 TV shows, and he still gets flown out for roles every so often. His background includes stints on “Captain America: Civil War,” “Baywatch,” “Jurassic World” and “Furious 7,” among others.
In opening a grocery store, supply chain issues have posed an obstacle for Kumar: some of the food supplies he ordered — even as far back as two months ago — are stuck in transit abroad. Kumar also still has to wait for Western Union, MoneyGram and lottery tickets to come in before it’s possible to hold a grand opening, but he expects all of those will be available within 20 to 30 days.
Founding a grocery store appealed to Kumar because, as he said, “I wanted to make my life a little easy.” Now, his main focus is helping his customers.
“Our target is to give good service and give everything people ask for,” he said. His goal is that his customers “don’t have to go anywhere else, so I can provide them all the service here.”
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