Meet the lakhpati chai seller of Pune

PUNE, March 12, 2018: At a time when youths are looking for job opportunities, a Pune-based tea seller in the state of Maharashtra has carved a niche by selling the humble tea and laughing all the way to bank. Sounds astounding? The tea seller earns an estimated Rs 12 lakh per month. While his competitors see him with raised eyebrows, he has an expansion plan for his business on his sleeves.

The tea seller is not just into tea selling business but is also generating employment for many people.

Meet Navnath Yewle, the owner of one of the most famous tea stalls in Pune – Yewle Tea House. According to media reports, the idea of opening a ‘chai brand’ in Pune struck him way back in 2011.

Yewle said, “In 2011, the idea of preparing tea on a large scale hit me. I thought it could generate lots of money and engage people gainfully by creating employment. I observed that in Pune we have Joshi Wadewale, Rohit Wadewala but there was no famous tea brand here. There are many tea lovers here and most of them don’t get the taste they desire and deserve. We studied varieties of teas served to customers for four years, finalised the quality of tea and decided to make tea into a big brand.”

Yewle has two outlets in the Pune city and on any given day, his shop sells around 3,000 to 4,000 cuppa from each outlet and earns around Rs 10 to 12 lakh per month, the reports said.

Yawle has more plans on his cards. He now plans to expand his business and make Yewle Tea House into an international brand. He said, “I feel there is a lot of employment opportunity here. Every outlet engages around 10 to 14 employees. We are thinking of expanding our network to around 100 outlets, so this will employ many more people.”

Yewle Tea House has got two centres in the city and each centre has about 12 employees working in it.