In the last two years, due to the pandemic many small businesses, specifically neighbourhood shops and restaurants have got shut down for good. This meant countless jobs lost foverver for the young Indians, for many this would’ve been their first paying job, a steppingstone to (hopefully) bigger roles in life. Yes, the online direct to consumer apps like Swiggy, Dunzo, Amazon & others have provided some income for these people to feed themselves. This year, with the (fingers crossed) receding infections, I pray for the small shops to come back and flourish.
In this context, it feels good to see new supermarkets being opened. This one, Grace supermarket was opened about a year back near Ashok Nagar Pillar. Grace is a chain of grocery stores run (I heard) in a loose franchise model by a local community of traders in Chennai, you will find these shops in many parts of the city offering the lowest prices for most items. In this newly opened supermarket you can shop a variety of items under one roof – from Groceries, Fruits, Vegetables, Baked items, Household consumables, kitchen items, plastics, footwear, utensils, mini appliances, toys, artificial jewelry, stationary and more.