Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Shopping trends in Mumbai City

Are the things that are sold in Mumbai really cheap? Or is the spending power of an Indian citizen high?

If you walk down any street of Mumbai, you are sure to find people with a shopping bag. Everybody is buying; some of them have bags from expensive stores while some have thin polythene shopping bags from cheap stores. But all the people who are not jay walking are serious shoppers. Mumbai city is a shopper’s paradise. Not only are there long winding shopping lanes (Crawford market, Santa Cruz market, Dadar market) reserved for shopping, but there are shops on the streets (Linking road, Hill road, Lokhandwalla, Fashion street), on the foot bridges and on skywalks, and even in some residential areas (of Bandra, Cuff Parade, Colaba).

And then there are ever increasing malls. Rainy days or hot summer days, malls are the favorite destinations for shoppers. It is convenient to shop in the malls because you can spend the whole day, shopping at the stores, eating at food courts and watching movies at their multiplexes. Some of the malls have live variety entertainment shows and activities in their open spaces that involve the shoppers and attract more crowds keeping them entertained. You can even take your senior parents, invalids or children for an outing to a mall because it is easier to wheel them around. Some of the stores will offer you the membership cards and give you points on your purchases. What happens to those points and how it might benefit you, that you will have to figure it out but regular shoppers might be getting some benefits because that could explain the popularity of the malls.

Some of the most popular malls in Mumbai are Inorbit at Malad, Nirmal Lifestyles mall at Mulund, Atria mall at Worli, Quorum mall at Parel and Infinity mall at Andheri. Check it out, you can join the gang of busy shoppers too, duh?

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