Bhairab Bazar’s weekly clothing market becomes a shopping hub for locals

Many wholesale buyers also buy clothes at the market and resell them in stores in their area.

July 02, 2022, 10:15 a.m.

Last modification: July 02, 2022, 10:37 a.m.

Photo: Azizul Shonchai


Photo: Azizul Shonchai

The weekly clothing market at Kishoreganj’s Bhairab Bazaar, which is on the trail, has become a trading hub for buyers and sellers from the surrounding districts with a Tk 5 crore activity each market day.

The market has been open every Wednesday for 10 years and is popular among wholesale and retail shoppers as clothing prices are relatively cheaper here than in other places.

Traders say more than a thousand makeshift shops are found in the market near the bank of the Meghna River every week, selling all kinds of clothes including saris, lungi, towels, shirts, t shirts and fatwas.

Wholesalers, mainly from Narsingdi, Narayanganj and Dhaka, start coming to the market the day before and sell their products between 10 p.m. and 12 p.m. on Wednesdays. But retail sales start from Wednesday morning and last till evening.

Market authorities said most market buyers come from Kishoreganj, Narsingdi and Brahmanbaria districts. Each wholesaler can sell clothes worth 50,000 to 60,000 Tk every week. Some traders even sell clothes worth more than Tk 1 lakh. Retailers sell clothes worth 15,000 to 20,000 Tk.

Many wholesale buyers also buy clothes at the market and resell them in stores in their area, they said.

Sujan Mia, Cloth Merchant from Kuliarchar, Kishoreganj, said: “I have a shop in Kuliarchar village market where there is a high demand for sarees, lungi and towels. procure from Dhaka or Narayanganj. That is why I come to Bhairab Bazaar where the price is comparatively cheaper. Also, I can easily transport the products from here by roads and waterways.”

Photo: Azizul Shonchai

Photo: Azizul Shonchai

Photo: Azizul Shonchai

Delwar Hossain, an employee of Siam Fashion and Baby Collection in Dhaka, said, “Many of the company’s clothing products remained unsold due to the pandemic. We are now selling them in markets in different regions. Hearing about the market for clothes at Bhairab Bazaar, I came here to sell clothes, last week we sold clothes worth 30,000 Tk.

Shukkur Mia, clothing merchant from Raipura, Narsingdi, said, “I have been coming to this market for a long time. I buy clothes from wholesalers and sell them at retail price. I can sell products worth 10,000 to 12,000 Tk. every week.”

Another businessman, Md Fahim, said, “I bring clothes from Narayanganj and sell them at wholesale and retail prices. Clothes with an average value of 50,000 Tk are sold in my shop every week. Among them, the clothes of young children and girls are mainly sold. “

Local businessmen say Bhairab Municipality leases the market for a year. Currently it is rented for Tk1.6 crore (including VAT and taxes). Wholesalers and retailers have to pay fees for setting up shops in the market.

Milad Hossain Apu, tenant representative of Bhairab Bazar, said, “The market had to be closed for several months due to the pandemic. Now it is slowly returning to the previous state. Depending on the size of the store, wholesalers are charged 300 Tk. -500 and retailers Tk100-200. Furthermore, we take necessary measures on all matters including the security of traders who come to the market. »

Humayun Kabir, Chairman of the Bhairab Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said, “The market has grown in the past three to four years. The number of traders in the market is increasing day by day. They come to the market because the traders are making profits. Especially during the winter season and the two Eid festivals, the market is much busier.

Iftekhar Hossain Benu, Mayor of Bhairab Municipality, said, “Other businesses in the market are facing problems as the weekly clothing market is on the sidewalk. The place becomes overcrowded with a large number of buyers and sellers. market because there is no other place in the municipal area.”

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