by Amy Sharp
If it’s time to outfit your home with new appliances or electronics, but you don’t know where to start, take heart! Ramesh Parikh, co-owner of Sara Appliance and Electronics along with his son Mehul, says, “Come by and we’ll get to know you personally…so we can help you pick out the best products for your lifestyle, budget, aesthetic, and space. The customer experience is our #1 priority!”
The oil and gas industry brought this chemical engineer to Houston, but he couldn’t shake his entrepreneurial spirit. Ramesh says, “Both my father and grandfather were businessmen in India, and I always felt destined to own a business, too. In 1981 I started an international appliance company helping my friends overseas get some of the products that weren’t available elsewhere. When they moved to the states, I helped them transport their appliances and convert their electronics. That initial business run out of my garage grew as I focused more and more on selling appliances domestically…eventually leaving the international aspect behind. By 1989 I had my own warehouse and distribution center in Houston, and today we also have storefronts in Katy and Sugar Land. The success of Sara Appliance and Electronics is based on our honesty and integrity. 90% of our customers are referrals…and we are proud to claim over 12,000 customers since 1981!”
Ramesh’s son, Mehul, graduated from the University of Texas in 1999. Mehul says, “I worked in IT and database consulting during college, and after graduation I moved out to LA to be a web and database developer.” But just like the generations before him, Mehul was filled with the entrepreneurial spirit. After a year in LA he returned and joined his father’s business. “I grew up in this business, and my experience in IT added another dimension with the dawn of home automation.” Mehul’s commitment to the family business has not gone unnoticed. In 2010 he was selected as one of the top “40 under 40” Entrepreneurs and Executives in Fort Bend.
The Sugar Land location of Sara Appliance and Electronics is especially dear to Ramesh and Mehul, since Sugar Land is also their home. Ramesh moved his family here in 1991. He says, “I loved the beautiful environment and we wanted our four children to attend FBISD schools.” Now his grandchildren have the same advantage, as Mehul and his wife, a local pediatrician, are raising their two children right here.
Sara Appliance and Electronics sells entry-level to high-end appliances and electronics. All major brands are in their repertoire, as well as custom design and installation. Mehul says, “Custom kitchens and home automation are our specialties. We invite you to our showroom for a look at what we can do!” And right now you can remake your kitchen with a Special “Buy Two Appliances Get One Free” Deal from Thermador!
Sara Appliance and Electronics
16820 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX 77479
10516 Katy Freeway, Ste E
Houston, TX 77043