Thursday, November 5, 2009

Slice of Life: The Outdoor Store

The majority of people who read this blog are in the colder portions of the northern hemisphere.  That's why this picture may be surprising to them.  It turns out that in warmer cities, sometimes food stores are outside.  And not just fresh fruit shops -- entire convenience stores are often set up on sidewalks, like this  one in Singapore.  At least this one's in a tent.  I've seen full retail stores set up with nothing overhead at all.  And not fly-by-night mom-and-pop operations.  Real, branded chain stores like the 7-Eleven above.  It make sense when you think about it.  When you're just a few degrees off the equator it makes more sense to only refrigerate what needs to be refrigerated, and leave the rest exposed.

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