Sunday, January 01, 2006

Ha Noi Metro

We went to Metro to buy some wine for my good friends wedding. This is a huge supermarket where people go on the weekend to buy lots of things. The Metro is far away from the city centre, on the way to the airport and most people go there by car or motorbike. You need to be a member to get in, though it seems that everyone in Hanoi is a member! I would suggest that you don't go to this place on the weekend because you will have to wait for hours in the check out queue.

In general, things are a little cheaper than in the city stores but there are also heaps of things that are much more expensive. People think that this is a good place to go but I don't think so for several reasons. The staff are not helpul, preferring to talk to each other rather than answer customer questions. Much of the stock is not in a good condition. There seem to be so many staff hanging around doing nothing, but if you walk near the cashier or right behind there, there are dozens of items that people don't want which are left lying around. No one appears to care about that, even though it may be fish or meat. I don't know why the management doesn't do something? Is doesn't seem like a very profitable way to keep the food and run the business?

It is definitely a busy place with a wide range of things but it is a long way from the city and takes too long to get out.

19 comments:

Wendy C. said...

Wow - I thought Costco on a Sunday afternoon was bad! That place looks seriously crazy!

Happy New Year!

Preya said...

I know...wow a Costco in Hanoi!

squish said...

When will people learn that convenience dosen't always add up to quality? Good quality working conditions always improves service to customers, and better economic sense for the business. It's Wal-Mart all over again.

squish

Danny Sillada said...

This is an informative tips. I haven't gone yet to Hanoi but I might be going there this summer. I am currently in the Philippines after a short vacation in HCMC.

Best wishes,

Danny

The Reader of Books said...

Now that is what I call chaos! And all that for a bottle of wine? The 'members only' system is certainly a clever one, and one that I've never heard of, but it doesn't seem to help with clearing the crowds.

Happy New Year, I hope you enjoy it. :)

fooDcrazEE said...

Just like in Malaysia, a hypermarket called MAKRO was created and members only. after that when CarreFour from France open, follows by UK's TESCO, with local GIANTS and Japanese JUSCO now AEON....they scrapped the membership......


What a mess !

Tom Serafini, Actor to the Stars! said...

You just described most of the "convenience stores" in the States. I guess that's what they mean by "It's a small world after all"!

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Love the title of your Blog, by the way. Very funny!

Tom

totenkuchen said...

I wish we had an oriental market closer to the house. I hate to have to drive 5 miles for a couple stalks of lemon grass. The big grocery stores are getting better about carrying oriental vegetables, spices, and other food products, but they have a ways to go. My favorite market is the Manila Market. Despite the Philippine name, it caters to all Asian communities - even has some Indian foods. They keep the place clean and they have a wide selection. Admittedly a lot fo their products are lost on me as I can’t read some of the labels and in some cases am not sure what it is when I can.

Please post a recipe for Lemongrass Chicken if you have one. I had some in a Vietnamese restaurant in South Dakota and really enjoyed the taste.

Stacy-Deanne said...

Happy New Year's and thanks for visiting my blog! Have a good 2006!

Busted Flip Flop said...

I guess that "I've got better things to do than help you" attitude I see in retail stores in NJ is worldwide. :\ Oh well - Cheers to the mom and pop stores of the world where they actually do care about the customer!

w00t!

BostonPobble said...

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Tim Rice said...

I don't think most people in America would wait that long in a check out line though it can get bad here. I try to avoid places with long lines.

Rose said...

That almost look like a store here in USA. People give up so much for convenience, so much qaulity. Enjoyed your blog.

Rose said...

That almost look like a store here in USA. People give up so much for convenience, so much qaulity. Enjoyed your blog.

Fellow Traveler said...

well, Im a Hanoian, so I know people don't quite feel the same as most here. The metro was something new in Hanoi, something that we have never had before. Plus, the idea of "members only" attracts people even more. Thus, shopping in Metro is a pride, being a part of that huge line is a pride, and people would gladly do it.
As for me, I was really happy knowing Hanoi has such shopping malls. It's the sign of modernization in Hanoi, and that's what we have been longing for! :)
-nxh

Godknows said...

Hi all,
I agree with Fellow Traveler but Metro is a place that not attract me at all, I don't want to waste my time do to that- I am a lazy guy.
Thanks everyone for comments and Wish you a very Happy year.

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