Shopping before Bermuda day

Hello again my dear reader,

tomorrow is Bermuda Day, the annual May 24th holiday. On this day each year, there is a race and a parade in Bermuda. Since it’s a holiday and this is Bermuda, not London or a location in North America, we knew that there would literally be nothing open tomorrow. So, we thought we should take advantage of the late evening to go and do a little shopping for tomorrow, perhaps some bbq food. It appears that we were far from the only people there. We went to the Marketplace in Heron Bay and it was like the shops in Europe the week before Christmas! But, take a larger than usual number of customers, add to this the same number if not fewer check-out counters and finish it off with the usual level of Bermudian efficiency and what do you get? Well, you get long delays. We bought 5-6 items which we knew where to locate and it took almost an hour to get out of the place.

Sometimes I wonder what would happen to all these shops (Marketplace, Somers, Miles, Arnold’s etc) if a real supermarket came to town. And I don’t even mean a Walmart, something like a Tesco would be enough. With some professional customer service, good opening hours and a decent selection of products for a decent price? They would close all these shops. Of course, this will never happen because such a supermarket would have to get through Parliament to operate in Bermuda and they would never let that happen. So, we carry on with substandard service and super-inflated prices not because we like it but because it’s the only way…

Ah well, at least it’s sunny, most of the time.

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2 Responses to Shopping before Bermuda day

  1. Brendan Bignell says:

    So what is the price of typical items such as beer, wine, bread, eggs and milk?

    • spiros says:

      Hey man, I don’t remember off the top of my head all the prices but beer (e.g. Corona) in a bar is between $7.50 and $10. It is difficult to find decent quality bread, it will set you back $6 to $10. I don’t think any wine can be found for less than $20.