I went for my first day of shopping on saturday. After various interviews with different concierges and friends, the two top recommendations were Sarkaari bhandaar and Nature’s Basket.
When I got to Sarkaari Bhandaar at the Regal Cinema crossing, I discovered it was actually called Sahakari Bhandaar. All this while, I was expecting Ration Card prices since I thought it was a sarkaari market, but now I discovered it was owned by Reliance.
Not that it made any difference. The store may have well been owned by the govt. Totally disorganized, chaos, no AC, didn’t seem very clean, anything goes. But cheap.
But there is a logic behind all this. My uncle quoted me a story today about the owner of Pantaloon’s. The owner of Pantaloon’s recently said in an interview that he has found that he sells more in his stores that are disorganized and chaotic than in the ones that are orderly, quiet and easy to navigate. He therefore encourages haphazardness (is that a word) in his stores. It works for the Indian mind.
Makes a lot of sense. After a chaotic drive through Indian streets to the Pantaloon store, how can one expect the shopper to then become the paragon of orderly shopping?
There was one thing I liked about the bhandaar, besides its prices. It charges you for taking your items away in a plastic bag. Now the charges aren’t much – Rs. 2 per bag – but that’s a model that US stores could emulate if they want a green sticker on their doors.
Go Green with Sahakari Bhandaar
Nature’s Basket is up next.