The community of Bradford is in mourning as one of their own has sadly passed away.

Abdul Kader the founder of Bombay Stores in Bradford died on Wednesday at his family home in Mumbai surrounded by his family.

Mr Kader, who stepped away from the business a few years ago for health reasons, leaves behind two sons, two daughters, grandchildren, and great grandchildren

The store on Shearbridge Road was closed on Wednesday and Thursday out of respect.

Abdul and his wife Maryam came to the UK around 1955- 1958 and together they worked hard to set up their venture.

Abdul worked on the buses and in the Bradford Mills while Maryam toiled making dresses. In 1967 they had bought their first premises and by 1983 they had expanded to the current premises.

As the British textile industry declined, Abdul and his family grew their business to become the largest Asian department store in Great Britain.

The Asian community in Bradford and across the UK are indebted to Mr Kader for his years creating the greatest shop for fabrics and style.

The family are grateful for all the prayers and request they continue for the departed

Abdul Kader