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BANGKOK 19 November 2018 05:26
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BIG Tesco Lotus in Chiang Rai

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The city planning Act of Chiang Rai city prohibits settlement of large supermarkets. How Big C got an entry point  is still a very good question. The Tesco at Mae Chan is thriving, but the company cannot open a store in Chiang Rai.

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Hi Up-country_sinclair it is a full sized shop not one of the mini mart type.

 

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One of charms of Tachilek is: it has no stores larger than a basketball court.

Thank Bob it has no super markets or big box stores with acres of parking.  Side note:  giant parking areas contribute to heating surrounding areas, cut down on oxygen-producing plants, and cut down on drainage during wet periods.   The annual floods in Central Thailand are partly exacerbated by the millions of rai of once-natural soil/foliage which are now covered in concrete and asphalt.

 

I proposed a plan for all of Thailand:  For every sq.M covered by roofs or concrete/asphalt (including driveways, car-parks, swimming pools, walkways, etc), builders should pay Bt.100 one-time tax.  The money could go to flood-prevention.

 

Big box stores put regular residents out of business.  They bring in more processed food-crap, more plastic crap and run up prices.  One of hundreds of examples:  the fresh produce section at Makro has fruits/veges there that cost many times more than same (fresher and often better-quality) produce in local markets.

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I am in Mae Lao and we buy most of our fruit and vegetables from the local people who grow them in their gardens. Fresh and cheap and also supporting the community.

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