Market Friday: shopping at the city supermarket


A while back I visited the supermarket to buy rice and some other groceries. On the way to the shop, I thought that I had never once talked about my everyday shopping in the Market Friday challenge by @dswigle. I tried to pick something special as a story topic: a New Year's fair, a book festival, a museum shop, an old train station. I thought I should correct this omission and show an ordinary supermarket. I immediately took out my smartphone and started taking pictures.



I started my route near the Kirovsky Zavod metro station. The station opened in 1955. The ground pavilion was built in the characteristic style of the time; it looked a bit like a Greek temple. From the metro I had to walk about a hundred metres along the street.



I go to the supermarket, which is located in a newly built shopping complex. This shopping complex has just opened, and in some windows you can read cheerful announcements: "We're open! Come on in!", in other windows there are huge "For Rent" letters - not all the premises have been rented out yet. The façade of the new shopping complex looks a bit like the architecture of a metro station pavilion.



The same can be seen inside the building: some departments of the complex are open, the entrance to these departments is decorated with brightly coloured advertisements and balloons. Other departments are still preparing to receive their first customers. I walk down the long corridor towards the large grocery shop, which is my target for today.



I want to make a little digression about how the daily goods trading system is set up in my town. I sometimes read people's stories from other countries and I wonder how different the shopping is in their cities.



We have very common small shops close to home - they are called convenience stores. Such shops occupy all the premises that are suitable for trade. Within 500 metres of my front door there are several supermarkets, a farm produce shop, two bakeries, three shops with household chemicals and cosmetics, two pharmacies and a few small shops with a more or less narrow specialisation.



In other words, if I find that I am out of tea at two in the morning, it is enough to walk 50 metres to the nearest convenience store. But understandably, most of these shops are small and the range of goods is not very large. If I want to buy some rare kind of tea, I have to go to a big shop near the metro station.



Today, we're going to visit a medium-sized supermarket. I came here specifically to buy rice. Does that sound strange? Sure, you can find 5 or 6 varieties of rice in the shop near my house, but my relationship with rice has not been great and those varieties don't suit me. I didn't like rice as a child. Even as an adult, I haven't revised my attitude. For years, I used to eat rice only occasionally, out of necessity or as part of a complex meal, until one day I accidentally bought a packet of rice of a variety I didn't recognise. It was a beautiful packet, and that was the only reason for my purchase. I cooked some rice and I was amazed, I was gastronomically thrilled! The plain rice with a dash of butter was amazingly delicious. Since then, I have started buying rice. But it is not the most common variety of rice, and I go to big supermarkets to buy it.



After buying rice, I walked around the shop to see if there were any discounts on other products I was interested in. The discounts in supermarkets can be very substantial, up to 40% of the price. Price tags with discounts are highlighted in red and yellow boxes. I noticed a discount on good buckwheat, so I added it to my shopping basket. I also bought some cheese and yoghurt.



That was the end of my shopping. I went outside again and walked towards the trolleybus stop - I had decided to take a different route home, the trolleybus. I walked to the trolleybus roundabout, which is located nearby, on the next street.




SmartphoneGoogle Pixel 3a
LocationSaint Petersburg, Russia

This is my entry for the #marketfriday challenge by @dswigle.

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