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    Kamphaeng Saen Retailers say no to Tesco

    Retailers say no to Tesco


    More than 100 small retailers in Kamphaeng Saen district of Nakhon Pathom yesterday blocked Malaiman road, which links the province with Suphan Buri, in a protest against the building of a Tesco Lotus hypermarket. The protest disrupted traffic for more than four hours. (Inset) A small girl prostrates herself on the scorching road, requesting the giant store not be built because it could destroy business at her mother's shop.

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    Be a fokin shame to build a decent store there and them that has been sucking up the bucks would have to clean up, fix up and run a nice shop for a change..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangkok Post
    200 retailers protest Makro store building

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    About 200 retailers from Prachuap Khiri Khan province protested at the provincial hall against the construction of a Makro cash-and-carry store yesterday morning. Protesters say the opening of the store by Siam Makro Plc will push their shops out of business.
    The protesters, led by Sorasak Limkiatchoedchoo, were from Hua Hin and Pran Buri districts and Sam Roi Yot sub-district.
    They demanded that Prachuap Khiri Khan Governor Prasong Pithoonkijja order the suspension of the store's construction and check if Siam Makro properly sought permission for the construction from relevant authorities.
    Deputy Prachuap Khiri Khan Governor Sanit Bunkorsakul yesterday listened to the demands of protesters' representatives and promised to help.
    The protesters demanded the province act on their demands by Aug 20, saying they will mobilise a mass rally if it does not.Yesterday's protest coincided with a rally near Government House by groups of people from several provinces against superstores.
    Meanwhile, a marketing executive for Tesco Lotus, which runs several hypermarkets in the South, claimed his company's stores have been well-received in the region.
    Kawin Santhakul, director and president for marketing of Tesco Lotus, said the company has hypermarkets in Surat Thani's Muang district and Koh Samui, Phuket, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Songkhla's Hat Yai district and Trang province.
    Surveys in Phatthalung and Krabi found most residents in the two provinces wanted Tesco Lotus to open stores there.
    The company has already secured land plots for new stores in the two provinces and is seeking permission from relevant authorities for construction, said Mr Kawin
    There are signs appearing in Pranburi trheatening to burn down Makro/Tesco/Carrefour if they build in the town. All seems a bit late as Makro is already advertising for staff. And they don't seem to have noticed that Tesco has a superstore in Hua Hin about 15kms away, as well as a Tesco Express in Pranburi itself. And Big C is apparently under construction.
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    Sounds like what they have plans to do here also, they have dropped 30 mil baht for 10 year lease on land.

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    You can understand them, though. These big shops will ruin them, effectively cutting their source of income.

    It's all well and good for us to deride them and make fun of them but for them it is a basic attack on their livelihoods - and let us not kid ourselves that these little ma and pa shops are raking in the millions.

    Having said that - these shops are better for the greater community

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    Can understand them, sympathize, show empathy but I am tired of the rat fucking bare chested (or in a tanktop t-shirt during the cool mos), flip flopped lossian chink in his fucking filthy roach infested shop which gets cleaned once at Chinese new year with over priced goods in it .... the fok buys the stuff from Tesco/Carrefour anyway.

    May they all revert back to the trees and be damned.

    Gimme cheaper clean air conned superstores any time, with items prices that don't vary with the color of the customer's skin and slant of the eyes

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    Its a bit late protesting about big c etc, 7-11 wiped the floor with them already AND showed them the perfect business model on how to run a good shop. I dont see any individuals that invested in thier business to create a similar environment.
    Those that do not invest in their business, will get left behind, those whose businesses are so insignificant that they make no money, should get a job.
    Business is business, and sitting in the road when things get tough will get you nowhere

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    You're absolutely right in4zip . . . couldn't agree more.

    Spin, I'll be a bit anal now:

    AND showed them the perfect business model on how to run a good shop
    Umm, the perfect business model? According to whom?

    I dont see any individuals that invested in thier business to create a similar environment.
    All shop owners have invested according to their interpretation of supply and demand - times change as do business practices.

    those whose businesses are so insignificant that they make no money, should get a job.
    You possibly have a point but it comes across as being a typical neo-con catch-cry of 'work, you bums'. 60-year olds that get retrenched to save the employer paying into a pension fund and lovely stories like that. Yes, they should get off their arses and get a job again.

    Business is business, and sitting in the road when things get tough will get you nowhere
    Oh, how wrong you are. Protesting by sitting in streets, blocking buildings etc . . . has toppled governments.

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    I think I've said this before, but I'll say it again. The Mom and Pop retailers should sit outside of a 7/11 for a while and see what sells. The closest 7/11 to my house is about 4 K away, but I'll ride all the way there to get yogurt, whole wheat bread and fresh milk, none of which are carried by any of the small shops around here. But, you know what? The 7/11 is often out of these items because they sell so well. And, I often see people from my neighborhood at that same 7/11. They too have traveled all that way because the local shops simply don't carry what they need. I think the lesson there is obvious, but it's not one that seems to be easily learned.

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    Precisely bt - learn or perish. It doesn't need a hypermarket to change things.

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    I do see them in MAKRO buying stuff by the pickup load whenever we have to go there to buy a lot of things that have not been in our area until they opened a Tesco store, now we no longer shop at our local village for fly blown pork and most veggies,, we do shop at Tesco even tho it is 12 km down the road, and soon to be the big shops here as well..

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