August 24, 2010

We live here

Eunilaine Foodmart is our neighborhood grocery which is only a 15-minute walk from our house. After shopping, when I already have my heavy grocery bags, I just take a tricycle back to the house. The company that owns Eunilaine has another grocery elsewhere in Quezon City and a pharmacy which is built into their two buildings. Eunilaine has been in our neighborhood for many years and I've seen it expand, go digital and change layouts so many times. This past year, a branch of Save More Supermarket opened just a couple of kilometers away. Save More is a large chain owned by the even larger SM Group of Companies, the same company that has a gazillion, humongous malls all over the Philippines, aside from many other kinds of businesses. I don't know how it has affected Eunilaine, but I think it's too much to hope that it didn't have an impact on "my" grocery's sales. Eunilaine's banner sums up well how I feel about the situation: "Why shop at Eunilaine? We live here, we bank here, we work here, we hear mass here, we do business here, our children study here, our good friends are here, it makes sense shopping here, we love it here."

Eunilaine Foodmart along Kalayaan Avenue in Quezon City


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26 comments:

AL said...

Hilda, I seldom buy grocery products in those super supermarkets you've mentioned, like in your place, we also had a small grocery store where I buy all the basic things we need. It's just a tricycle ride from here to there! They're still using those old calculators and cash registers to compute but I like it and I don't mind if friends ask me why I don't go to supermalls, it's convenient for me!

ρομπερτ said...

An interesting sight indeed. Usually buying food and everyday products at the supermarket around the corner, less than two minutes away, vegetables/fruits on a weekly street market.
Please have you all a good Tuesday.

daily athens

bfarr said...

Many shoppers here feel the same...contribute to the community in which you live and help out the little guy.

Re: your comments on the brick victorian, yes, they re-planted trees, but not the stately hardwoods that were there before.

Photo Cache said...

patronize your local markets. it's good for the neighborhood. same is true with restaurants. i rarely eat at "chain restaurants".

Halcyon said...

This looks like a fun place to shop. Our Wal-Marts and such do not have such colorful signs!

Julie said...

Here in Australia we have two giant supermarket stores that reign supreme nationwide. Other little ones try to get a look in but to little avail. I thought that I had a small store around the corner until I read that one of the big companies was opening 'small' no-name stores to trap unwary shoppers.

Go corner store I say!!!

Rajesh said...

Great shot. Now a days going too buy stuff from this kind of place has become convenient for people, where they get everything under one roof.

magiceye said...

covenience makes the world comfortable!

Olivier said...

tu as raison, il faut faire vivre les commerces locaux contre les grandes surfaces, c'est plus agréable d'acheter dans tes petits magasins, on peut parler et connaitre les potins du coin ;o)

George said...

With an attitude like that I hope 'your' grocery store is around for many more years to come.

dong ho said...

it's also good that we support small entrepreneurs as they too do their best effort to get the market.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

The convenience and cross-marketing of large supermarkets appears to be spreading around the world. In Tamarindo, we have small markets in town, and a large supermarket on the outskirts of town that carries food from the USA and Canada as well as local food, but it is too far for anyone to walk there.

Dina said...

That's good logic, and the sign imparts the feelings of guilt if you go shop at the other place.

Tes said...

Hello Hilda, like you, I have faith in small grocery stores. Not only because it's practical, it's basically a win-win situation to do things this way. I still have fond memories of our local grocery store in Parañaque. :)

Luna Miranda said...

big chains like SM is difficult to compete with. in small cities like Baguio or Bacolod, for example, many small businesses closed shop when SM opened a mall there. i hope people in your village would continue to patronize "your" grocery store--our economy needs this kind of small-to-medium scale businesses.

Shey said...

I applaud your loyalty. These local places need more of that in order to survive big chain stores. Good for you. :)

Kaori said...

I tend to be sentimental about these things, too, and like to stick to 'my' supermarket ;D

Priyanka Khot said...

I am convinced. Even I would love to shop here just because I liked their moto so much!

Marina said...

I like having the market around, so it's easy to go and buy things.Even if you've forgot something you're not bored to go again.
Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Cezar and Léia said...

How lucky you are, I use to buy fruits and vegetables in the supermarket here, I would like to have a place like this one there.
Hugs
Léia

Francisca said...

We buy most of groceries in the "wet" market, since we eat as little processed food as we can. And the supermarket we shop in is owned by a woman who used to be our landlady. So yeah, I'm on the same page, Hilda. And you remind me that I forgot to go get my groceries today... dang!

Cezar and Léia said...

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hugs and thanks for your always kind comments! :)
BTW, any pictures here or Happy at Home from London?;)Glad that everything was fine during his trip and he is now "happy at home with you".
God bless you!

Marites said...

I find the old grocery stores quite convenient too and there are times I hope that those big supermarket chains don't go sprouting everywhere to save this little local grocery stores from going bankrupt.

My World is here.

zeal4adventure said...

Hooray for you. I too have fond memories of a grocery store we used to go too just around the corner to where we used to live. It is called Sunshine Market. It has long folded up mainly because the kids didn't want to continue on anymore. It is now a bank. Eunilaine is an institution and thanks to you and many like you, it is still standing. I don't live in that area but I often pass it and have seen it there ever since I can remember. Probably even bought something there once or twice in my life. :-)

Louis la Vache said...

Good for you for continuing to support Eunilaine, Hilda.
;-D

Frugal 360 said...

Hello Ms. Hilda. I just want to ask if you happen to know the owner(s) of Eunilane and/or do you have their contact info? I have a relative who need to get in touch with the past owner(s) of Eunilane Foodmart. I hope you can help me find or get their contact info. TIA Mam