After our trip to Sankagiri Fort and then our Lunch, a friend recommended we visit one of the largest Textile Malls in the state before we go back to the hotel in Salem where we were staying. Called TexValley the malls are in Erode (Google map), about 75 minutes from Salem City and is on the National Highway 544 (Salem to Kochi).
TexValley is an initiative of the local entrepreneurs in the region and supported by the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India and Government of Tamil Nadu. The region comprises Coimbatore, Tirupur and Erode – they form the Textile Valley of Tamil Nadu, hence the name for the mall. There are two buildings with over one million square feet of retail area spread across multiple floors. The first building is called Global Market, it has hundreds of shops selling brands owned by the many export-oriented manufacturers in the region. The second building resembles the local bazaar streets in India, where resellers put up their temporary stalls displaying their unbranded wares for sale – you need to negotiate the prices here unlike in the branded shops.
All the shops we went to accepted payment by UPI through Google Pay or PayTM and the likes, as we didn’t have much cash with us this was super convenient
You will find here shops that sell Men’s Trousers, Shirts, T-Shirts, Sarees, Churidars, Dress materials, varieties of Ladieswear and more. When we went (December 2021), due to the impact of the pandemic, most of the stores on the top floors of both buildings were empty. The shops on the ground and the first floor were open for business. Since we had gone on a weekday there were only a few other shoppers apart from us. If you are visiting the region and have half a day to spare, TexValley will be a good place to come for shopping – your purchase will certainly be helping the local businesses and the people they employ.