Tuesday, 24 March 2009
The corner shop
Supermarkets have been trying to do away with this kind of little neighbourhood mini-market, but this 'bakaliko' is in a densely populated area of the town. The street where it is located is filled with apartment blocks and the road running parallel to it is where the Agora is located. But people still use their corner store here; there were plenty of customers coming in and out when I was in the area. Town people prefer local shops in the city centre than having to move their cars from the little parking space available, or walk too far carrying heavy shopping bags, etc. This shop sells all the basic supplies, including staple supermarket products, which is a good thing, because people in the middle of town don't often have a supermarket easily accessible to them.
The owner of the store also sells his own village produce, which urban people seek; they often do not have access to products straight from the villages that surround the town centre of Hania.