Vizhinjam: The Supplyco supermarket at Vizhinjam, which witnessed record sales, is crying for space. The items are heaped on shelves and on the floor. With hardly any room to move around, the customers and staff stumble on the goods and also bump into each other.
During festival seasons, the situation turns worse as more goods as well as customers arrive. The staff members pack the items sitting on the verandah and outside the shop. Most of them are women. The lack of drinking water supply and toilet makes their situation pathetic. Moreover, in case of shop-lifting, the loss is recovered from their salary.
Sales amounting to around Rs 33 lakh takes place in the 800-sq-ft supermarket every month. It is pointed that if the supermarket is shifted to a spacious building, sales could increase further. In fact, there is a plan to shift the supermarket to a nearby space, but the city corporation authorities are playing spoilsport.
Supplyco officials are eying a building called People’s Hall near the Vizhinjam Junction which belongs to the city corporation. However, the corporation authorities are demanding a big amount as advance to let out the area. Though Supplyco is willing to pay the rent sought by the corporation, rules do not allow it pay the advance.
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