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Grocery closure changes look of Abu Dhabi city
Residents now must drive their cars kilometres to the nearest supermarket
Why couldn't this follow almost every other law that is being passed for different businesses, i.e, license will not be renewed unless renovated? Within 2013, every meets their deadline, contractors don't get overloaded and consumers have options of at least some or the other supermarket being open all the time.
Naz, Auh, United Arab Emirates
The new rule of bigger space should have been imposed on new groceries. Existing small groceries should have been asked to renovate only. If there is no bigger space in existing building, then they have no other option but to relocate or shut down... Which seems unfair to me!
Anonymous, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Indeed very sad, both for the store keepers and the customers. I think they should have been given more time and must have done professionally persuading the renovation of the stores one by one. Indeed running a business is not easy. Now these people have nurtured their business and have perhaps succeeded in it, and then the sudden changes are forced upon them. Especially for an expatriate small business owners, it can be very tiresome experience.
Agniyah Xec, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Instead of closing the groceries, these papa / mama stores or rather convenient stores should have been given list of products approved by the authorities for daily consumption eg dairy / newspapers / snacks / confectionary etc similar to ADNOC. In the process, as a simple math on an average of 3 individuals per store (inc delivery boys) will cost 3900 individuals their livelihood / loss of employment. The authorities need to also take a notch higher in conducting surprise store check wesp., hypermarket chains on a) pricing b) freshness of veg / fruits / poultry /meat, etc) c) expiries d) and most importantly on the hot food served. I've witnessed many outlets use products which has few days left for expiry (one may call it fit for consumption - or is it re-cycling) but what is the guarantee all stores follow the guidelines? There needs to be a stringent check on the hot food sold and lab test need to be done at random. Besides, pricing on the hot food in these hypermarket match the dine-in restaurants menu.
M. Rodrigues, AUH, United Arab Emirates
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