Chennai’s door delivered tea vendor, Chai kings, to open operations in southern cities soon
KV Lakshmana, INN/New Delhi, @kvlakshman
Chai Kings, the door delivered array of tea, will soon be expanding into other southern states, on the strength of new investment of 1 million USD from the Chennai Angles in Chennai’s largest Chai Retail chain along with Hyderabad Angels and TiE India Angels, who have also participated in this round.
“We are very excited to partner with Chai Kings in the bridge round. We believe the company has a strong leadership team with immense potential to grow and expand across India. The new investment reiterates our commitment towards building a sustainable and scalable Indian QSR.”, said Mr. Piyush Bhandari who lead the investment from TCA.
“We are happy with the success and progress of our brand “Chai Kings” in Chennai and this funding round will help us expand into newer cities. We hope to enter Coimbatore, Bangalore and Hyderabad in this current year and get closer to our target of 100 stores in 5 years.
Apart from expansions, bulk of this funding will be utilized to strengthen our operations and supply chain management.” said Mr. Jahabar Sadique, CEO of Chai Kings, according to a company press release.
Chai Kings, founded in 2016 is the Chennai’s largest Chai Retail chain operating with 40 stores. Chai Kings offers a sumptuous range of chai in exotic flavours, in the most hygienic ambiance, and at perfectly justifiable prices.
Chai Kings also delivers Chai at your doorstep anywhere in Chennai, uses food grade use-and-throw heat-retaining chai flask for safe consumption also ensuring the Chai is piping hot for at least an hour. With the vision to be the favourite chai place across India, Chai Kings is expanding rapidly with the target of 100 stores in 5 years.
The Chennai Angels (TCA, www.thechennaiangels.com) is one of India’s most active angel investing groups. Founded in the year 2007, it is comprised of successful entrepreneurs and business leaders with a track record of starting and scaling large enterprises. Additionally, several seed and venture capital firms hold institutional membership in the group.
Though it is located in Chennai, TCA’s investing members and portfolio investments are not limited by geography. Unusually for an angel investing group, TCA has a diversified portfolio that goes well beyond a restrictive tech focus, reflecting the diversity of its members’ interests. TCA portfolio companies benefit from the collective expertise and rolodex of its members.