Monday, November 13, 2006

Wal-Martization of Amdavad

Visited the Star India Bazaar on the way back from Shivanand Ashram. Quite a big market. A cross between India Cash n Carry and a Costco, and a cleaner version of both. 18 checkout counters.

My parents like to shop there - cheaper vegetables etc, and a cleaner place to shop. These new grocery supermarkets are gobbling up a lot of space, and it isn't clear if they are making money, but they are making it harder for the old corner grocer. The vegetable-sellers on their laris are also going to find the going tough.

People get jobs in these stores, but are they any good? Is this a good thing?

So far, the answer seems to be yes. People like to shop in clean places. People like lower prices. People like new jobs.

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