Choppies is a well known Multinational Grocery and General Merchandise Retailer at Gaborone, Botswana. The company headquartered in Gaborone. This is a Public limited company deals with Retailing and Fast-moving consumer goods. The company founded on 1986 (Lobatse, Botswana).
They have 104 stores till March 2014 and serves Botswana, South Africa, Namibia etc. Key people of the company are Ramachandran Ottapathu and (CEO) and Festus Mogae (Chairman). Main products of company are Cash & Carry,Hardware store, Convenience store, Discount store, Supermarket, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore etc.
Choppies currently have 5,267 employees. The company have an approximate market capitalisation of P2.4 billion (2012). Efforts of Ramachandran Ottapathu for the growth and success this group is remarkable. He was there Since 1999, when the company only had two stores.
With his works, company executed aggressive growth and easily become the dominant leader in Botswana. Now they have two distribution centres in Botswana; one in the International Commerce Park in Gaborone, and the other in Lobatse. The company also perform number of charitable initiatives in country.
Ramachandran (Ram) Ottapathu is the CEO of the Choppies Group. The CEO is from India, Kerala. He is a chartered accountant, who graduated from the University of Calicut in India. He joined the Choppies Group in 1992. His first job was some part time accounting work in India. After graduation he started working on the job to get up in career. Under his guidance Choppies won the Transformational Business Award at the 2014 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship.