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Jurong West minimart gives foreign workers a taste of home

Co-op store imports produce from India, stocks up on traditional goodies

Published on Mar 2, 2014 8:10 AM
Workers shopping at the Sasco minimart in Jurong West. The store keeps prices low and provides free shuttle service from the workers' dormitories. On a busy weekend night, it can get more than 200 customers. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

Instead of a going to a bigger supermarket, construction worker Ganesan Thiyagarajan prefers to buy his groceries at a void deck minimart in Jurong West instead.

Because "here, we get the taste of India", said the 29-year-old Indian national.

The minimart, which was set up about a year ago, imports much of its produce - spices like cardamom and tamarind, for instance - directly from the workers' home countries.

During the festive seasons, it also stocks up on traditional sweets and snacks.

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