Mar 9, 2010, 12:04 AM
Post #3 of 4
Bob, it is probably good news for that area to have a Sam's Club and a Wal-mart there. When we first moved to Cuernavaca there was a Sam's Club here, it was a life saver. A few years later, we got a Home Depot, then a Costco, another Mega, and two Wal-mart supercenters, then the new Galerias Mall with Liverpool as the keystone store was built.
The first Wal-Mart built here is actually in Juitepec, about 8 or 10 miles from the one in Cuernavaca. We shopped at the Juitepec store a few times before the store in Cuernavaca was built about a year later. Doris commented that the produce in Juitepec was priced higher than normal and she wouldn't buy any there.
The Wal-Mart in town has a very good grocery section with fresh, reasonably priced produce. If you look, there are many hard to find things in Wall-Mart. It is the only place in town where we have found Kikkoman brand Salsa agridulce (sweet and sour sauce.) Yeah, it pays to know a little Spanish when you go shopping here.
Sam's Club has virtually the same things in inventory as Costco does, maybe different brands sometimes, but there is not much difference between them. We had both stores in Anchorage, in fact Sam's Club was there a couple of years before Costco was, when Sam's bought out another warehouse store before Costco built their own.
I always favored Sam's Club, Doris has always preferred Costco. It's really a coin in the air, there's not much difference between them, except Costco has a better parking lot here.
Shopping is very convenient here now, it is nice to have so many shopping choices within 15 or 20 minutes of our house, and no little Mom and Pop stores were put out of business either. It should be remembered by the outsiders that like to bellyache about improvements here, that this is México, and probably 99.9% of the shoppers in the mega stores are Mexicans. Only about every 3 or 4 years we will hear someone speaking English in one of those stores, and I have never seen a US license plate in any parking lot here. There are probably a few American cars here, but I have never seen one yet, I'm not looking either.
We never need to go to México City for anything anymore, although sometimes Doris will buy some things there when she and her Mom make their monthly trips to take care of the house and other family business there. It is her home town, and she knows exactly where to find stuff there too.
We still desperately need a Superlake here, price be damned, we need the selections here.
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