Two years ago, there were less than 5 supermarkets. Now it seems there are many (around 9 or 10). Saturday, a new hypermarket (that’s what they call it!!!) opened in an old warehouse. I was quite surprised when I walked in there. It doesn’t look like the warehouse that housed another grocery store just last year.
Anyway, I went there to check out the prices. Here is what I found…
- Ham: almost $5 lb
- Eggs: almost $2 for 10 (that’s how they sell them in this part of the world)
- Corn: $1.25 can
- Green beans: $1.40 can
- Cheese: around $4 lb
- Sour cream: $1.20 for about 16 oz.
I’m not sure how, but people seem to be purchasing these items. The average salary in Karaganda is betwen $200-300 a month. Of course there are lots of people making more than this, but then many are making less too.
We have a Ramstore that opened last year. It has several products from the US from the Shop Rite and FoodTown brands. I enjoy the Raisin Bran cereal, however at almost $7 for a box, I don’t buy it very often. I still haven’t found boneless/skinless chicken here, but at least I can pull the skin off and cook it that way.
While I was in the US on stateside assignment (Nov-May 2007), I went to Houston and purchased a 220 voltage crock pot. I have already used it and plan to use it as often as possible.