In 1893 the family firms opened to serve the Garrison, the visiting Royal and Merchant Navies, and the Spanish frontier workers and the items sold consisted mainly of textiles and garments, novelty items, lighters etc.
In 1940 as World War II began, Khubchand had to take his pregnant wife and five children back to India as Gibraltar had been deemed no longer safe. Tragedy struck and the whole family perished leaving only Krishna and Tirathdas and their uncle Chularam to carry on the business. Khubchands, as we know it today, was subsequently established and Krishna took over in 1949.
Khubchands has become an icon on Gibraltar’s Main Street and has managed to remain a major player in providing this blessed city with the best of innovative and entertaining products. With timepieces being a major success story with both Seiko and Casio brands, Khubchands were the first to import and market a large number of “special” products that today many Gibraltarians will fondly remember; the ZX Spectrum, the Commodore 64, the first Nintendo game and watch and subsequently the SNES were big hits. JVC and the VHS recorder and cameras will also be remembered by many.
Today the outlet at 55 Main Street is a “favourite” with many locals and visitors alike. The company aims to continue to be a major player on Main Street and provide its clientele with the best in innovation and electronics for many years to come.