I was excited to have convenience stores in gas stations, this should have been done ages ago. Every GCC country I visited has this. I posted back in 2012 when Alpha announced it’s opening convenient stores at gas stations they run. I passed by that same gas station I took a photo of, the store is as is except without the billboard. I think it might be because they couldn’t get a licence.
I got use to the dull and plain design to be honest, since I’ve been going to the Co-op ever since I was a kid. To my surprise I passed by yesterday and they’ve completely redone the fruits section, the bakery section and added some things to make the place look more lively.
They’ve only renovated around 20% of the Co-op, my guess is they’ll close down portions of the supermarket to renovate until they eventually complete the whole thing. I’m liking it so far, doesn’t feel like a government supermarket anymore, more of a private sector.
Thought I’d share my experience when I got so fed up of seeing non-disabled people parking at the supermarket’s disabled parking spot few days ago. The experience was insightful, in a good and a bad way. It was sad to see how frequently people parked there and good to see they knew what they were doing was wrong after being confronted.
I was heading to my car when I saw a girl get in the parking spot in the photo above, I stood infront of the pole and pointed at the logo. She politely left the spot and I went inside the mall to get a few things from the shop. Few minutes later I come back to see an Indian driver parked there.
The driver wasn’t disabled either, he left the car and looked in a hurry. I confronted him about his mistake and he was quick to admit he knew it was wrong but he was in a hurry and wouldn’t take more than a few minutes to leave. His mentality of the situation is wrong and it’s shared by many, it’s not about how long you take to leave, it’s about you parking in a designated spot that is not for you, regardless of whether you need a minute or an hour to finish your task, it’s simply wrong to park there.
After a few minutes of arguing he gave me a pissed off face, said something I couldn’t hear and went inside the car to park somewhere else. Right after he left an old lady parked in that spot and she looked fine, there was no disabled sticker on the window that I could spot.
If there was a report based on the laziest countries in the world, Kuwait would be somewhere on the top 5. We have our dishdasha’s delivered to us, our devices picked up from us to get fixed and our cars washed at home by a cleaning company. Now you don’t need to go buy fish from the supermarket, you can order it to be delivered to you.
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A friend shared this photo on Facebook, spotted in UAE. Some stores are giving away necessities free of charge for those who can’t afford to pay for them during the holy month of Ramadan. Places like Sultan Center and Carrefour should be contacted to have something similar, I for one am willing to donate for this cause.
I don’t know what the connection is between animals and Qurtoba Co-op but it’s strong. Two years ago I caught a cat running around the same co-op and took her home with me. This time it’s a dog just sitting there while security and management are confused on why he’s there and how to approach him.[Source]
Two years ago I posted about Co-Ops in Kuwait stopping Kinder Surprise and switching to Kinder Joy. The reasons weren’t clear but Kinder Surprise does pose public healthy risks since a kid may unknowingly choke on the object. I was surprised to find it in Qurtoba C0-Op for a hefty 295 fils. The stock they’re bringing is from Belgium, so it won’t be lasting long.
I noticed Alpha has been pushing to open convenient stores in their gas stations. Oula was supposed to have a burger king and supermarket in their gas stations but that never happened. It’s about time we have a mini-supermarket in stations. I think Kuwait is the only country lacking behind on this. Wonder how long it’ll take before it’s functional.