No this won’t be a top 10 list, just a list of things Ive noticed about grocery stores and what they stock here in KSA which are unique to KSA.
-Grocery stores are usually located within IN malls! So not only can you go to the mall for shopping and family recreation time you can also get a weeks groceries!
-There is an entire aisle devoted to dried whole milk and Long-Life milk! In the US it is next to impossible to find dried whole-fat milk (outside of an “ethnic” grocery store), all most grocery stores stock is nasty dried skim milk powder.
-There is a huge section devoted to rusks! I still have’nt the foggiest clue what rusks are but they are like dried chunks of bread. Anyone know what they are used for?
-Indonesian-style ramen is king! Particularly IndoMie Mie Goreng and it’s knock off-Toya. Saudi’s buy Indonesian-style ramen by the giganto-box full and there are always sales of 40-60 package boxes for 20-40 riyals!! yeah it’s good stuff but wow…how much do Saudi’s normally eat each week?
-You can snack and eat while you shop. It’s perfectly acceptable to open up food and eat it or give it to you’re kids as you shop…of course you gotta pay for it!
-When you check out the bagger will rush over to un-pack you’re trolly and load everything on the belt and then someone else rushes over to help you take everything to you’re car (if you use their services…gotta tip!)
-Sometimes a charity “tax” is added to your bill…and sometimes not! Hmmm…
-If the cashier lacks small change you get a thing of gum instead or…or a 1 riyal bill back.
-You can’t take bags from other stores into the GS…everyplace requires you to do a bag check while you shop!
-Baggers will pack 1 or 2 items per plastic bag! Talk about plastic wastage and/or making life difficult if you shop using a compound bus!
Hmm…what else? Im sure I’ll think of more!