The closure of small grocery stores in Abu Dhabi will end the traditional easy access to daily home needs.
One cannot any more lazily call the grocer and order a bottle of milk, some eggs, some bananas and the newspaper.
And children can no longer get off the school bus and run to the grocer to buy ice cream or chips before take the lift to their upstairs homes. So I look forward to a healthier population.
But this move has been crushing for many of these grocers. Loss of their investments and difficulty in collecting on credit accounts given to some customers, plus the inability to return goods to vendors, will exact a big toll.
I hope that as many of them as possible find ways to re-establish themselves.
Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi
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