DATE OF VISIT: 24th January,2021
LOCATION: PLOT 8 &9 FACTORY ROAD, ABA, ABIA STATE
TIME OF VISIT:4:20PM
Who said grocery shopping is not fun?
It used to be so stressful because we had to get our groceries from the market (and if you have been to any market in any state in Nigeria, you’d understand what I’m talking about),until gorcery stores started springing up.
After the first lockdown was eased, Market Square was finally open to the public,my family and I do our groceries shopping there so I have been to Market Square a good number of times.
The first thing I love about Market Square is that it has a large parking space,you don’t ever have to complain about parking space. Also, there’s an “IN” driveway and an “EXIT” driveway.
So there is no need for cars trying to go in or out at the same time thereby causing traffic (as you know, Nigerians don’t have patience)
Getting into Market Square,you cannot get in without a mask. It’s “NO MASK,NO ENTRY” ,and a sign is right there in the entrance. But in case you don’t have a mask,there are some people who sell it around,so you can get one.
Before getting into the main building, you’d be asked to drop your bag,your bag is kept somewhere safe and a number tally is given to you. You can remove your valuables though but your bag will be untouched. After shopping,you give back the tally in exchange for your bag.
Now, we’re at the main building, you’re given a drop of sanitizer before you go in. The carts are right there in front.
Ranging from foodstuffs to hair products to electronics, you’d find products from assorted brands. For my hair products,I like to use products from ‘Kakiva’ and Market Square is the first and only place I have seen this beautiful brand.
Pricing at Market Square
Comparing prices of products in Market Square and else where(Like the market or other stores),I agree it’s ‘Shop More and Pay Less’
Staff Decorum at Market Square
The staff here are so helpful and so polite. There’s a staff who is in charge of making sure the customers keep their mask on,the guy just walks around and ask you to put on your mask properly in a polite manner.
Also,for security reasons, customers are not allowed to take pictures of their products,if you do,a staff will approach you and ask to delete the photo and also in a polite manner.
You can take a picture of yourself though,I think it’s allowed,I see people take their pictures and I’ve taken a picture of myself too.
Getting to the checkout, although there are a lot of staff working at the checkout,there seems to be a long queue here. Some POS Machines are not working,which makes some staff go borrowing POS Machines from their colleagues to attend to their own customers, thereby wasting other customers’ time.
A receipt is given to you once your payment is confirmed. You are to submit the receipt to the staff at the door, who just gives the paper a little tear and gives it back to you.
You can go out to the parking lot with your cart and after offloading your purchased products to your car,you can leave it there, there’s a staff in charge of bringing in the cart.
My visits to Market Square has always been great and I’d visit again, anytime, anyday.
Would you visit here? Have you ever visited? Let me know in the comments.
Currently listening to ‘The Only by Sasha Sloan’ as I type away in my mobile phone.