Makro Karachi Opens

And we’ve got first hand photographic footage of the place, thanks to one of our readers, Tabraiz Feham. Thanks! Check out more photos of the place at Tabraiz’s flickr account.

This is what Tabraiz has to say…

“Makro, one of the leading cash-and-carry distributor has finally landed in Karachi, with one of the biggest all-under-one-roof facility for the city near the site area. Makro plans to launch at-least 5 of such wholesale cash & carry facilities in the city. The best part is that you have got a lot of parking space… gets crowded on sundays. Enjoy the photos!”

33 Comments so far

  1. Farrukh Ahmed (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 10:53 am

    That’s amazing. Finally we have a true supermarket!

    What’s the news on IKEA and Carrefourre opening in Karachi?


  2. Kashif (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 11:13 am

    Initially they had opened it for public but now they cater for retailers only as they sell items in pack of 4s (that’s what i have heard)


  3. kidal (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 11:39 am

    Makro in other countries is only open for retailers (at least in Malaysia, thats the way it is). Costco is another example.

    A true discount retail store would be something like Wal-Mart or Carrefoure. But I wouldn’t be happy if either came to Pakistan. Its not good for the small retailers. And Pakistan has a large population to support.

    As for IKEA, I may be wrong, but I don’t think Pakistan is ready for it. It may be a bit too pricey.


  4. Zainuddin Zafar (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 12:40 pm

    Dude. They opened like two months ago. *yawn*


  5. BoZz (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 1:01 pm

    Don’t count your chickens as yet. Let us wait and see the outcome of this store. Or at least the hygiene level in times to follow. Something tells me NOT to hold my breath on this one.


  6. turab (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 1:11 pm

    WALMART!! i remember there used to be one long time ago near jauhar morr, but it caught fire and the end…. anyone knows what happenned and if it was the real thing or not?


  7. Lies (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 1:34 pm

    Not the real thing, man.


  8. Keep Walking! (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 2:14 pm

    Makro opened in November last year! Two more stores opening up by April/May ’07 on Shahrah-e-Faisal, one near Lal Qila and other one near FTC.

    IKEA – Pakistan is not ready yet correct
    Wal*Mart – May be after 10 or so years.. :)

    Rumours are that Sainsbury and Carrefour ME are seriously considering to enter PK market.


  9. mansoor (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 3:13 pm

    the old walmart, which wasn’t the real thing, is now ARY Cash and Carry.. though never been inside it.


  10. Farhan (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 3:21 pm

    I went there this Sunday , 10 am , not crowded at all , the guy was even offering day passes to households who want to make a purchase , prices are alright although there is a lack of variety , Over Naheed on my total bill comprising of Nido 1 & 3 Prebio Plus and Lurpak Butter I saved around Rs 100 and burnt petrol more than that to reach the place . Now if they open near Lal Qila , I can consider going there regularly

    P.S not every thing is in pack of fours , Nido is in pack of 3 , Lurpak single pack , fish meat and chicken in kg packs


  11. d0ct0r (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 3:44 pm

    Makro opened last November… another German retailer Metro is also opening stores here shortly…(they recently bought walmart’s German operation as well)


  12. d0ct0r (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 3:45 pm

    it would be good for consumers that these gaints open up stores here… better product ,good service.. good for consumer..

    http://www.metro-cc.com/servlet/PB/menu/-1_l2/index.html


  13. Poo Poo head (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 7:05 pm

    I do not like these stores. They will take away business from all small retailers. That’s what Wal Mart is doing. Normal “Muhallah” shop keeper can’t stand their prices. It’s not good at all for Karachi’s already poor people who work hard to support their families. If I were in Karachi, I would have always bought from my neighbourhood.

    Give a thought.


  14. Sufi (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 7:46 pm

    I am with Poo Poo Head. It will take business from small retailers, the dukaan-walas.. One Walmart SuperCenter can destroy the whole town. Honestly, I don’t mind going to the grocery store everyday or going to the sabziwala/gosshtwala everyday and getting all the fresh stuff..


  15. icedmocha (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 8:08 pm

    omygdddd!! that pic looks so westernyy..xcept 4 the lipton. agree with poo poo head 2. u realli dont want any ikeas, walmarts, sainsburys etc. They really will cause havoc 4 the small dukaan-walaz, just as they do in other countries!


  16. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 8:14 pm

    Now, this is mind-blowing – readers agreeing with PPH. :-))


  17. SK (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 8:41 pm

    LOL @ICED You noticed the lipton board but failed to mention the Haleeb hoarding!!! :D


  18. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 10:21 pm

    Kiya baat hai Poo Poo, aaj tu bari samajhdari ki baat ki hai tum nay :)


  19. mansoor (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 11:18 pm

    amazing! truly mind boggling!

    pph: what have you been drinking man?? :D


  20. Muhammad Junaid (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 12:07 am

    Well, I went to makro 2 months ago. First I took it as Carrefoure, but when when I searched for various things such as rice, milk etc, I found it unavailable. Further more, at 4 pm, left over vegetables and fruits were left which made me think that how early should i come here.
    The most worst thing was that u hav to buy products in a bulk quantity, like have to buy 4 packs of picasso pens or have to buy a whole pack of cell if u want to buy a pair.
    When u r finished and want to go outside after shopping, ur belonging r checked again taking u as a robber. It show that they even do now trust their sales person as counters who had already checked ur shopping materials.
    To be honest, I am not impressed by the price at all, which r much better at naheed’s or imtiaz.
    Overall, I would gave 4 out of 10 to Makro


  21. dano (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 1:17 am

    @Junaid: Discount stores like Makro in the US also check receipts — preventing shoplifting is one way they keep their costs/prices down. The Walmart I go to in the U.S. checks receipts with items when you are exiting as well.

    I’ve heard Carrefour is opening near the old casino (sindbad) in Clifton. Is that true?


  22. dano (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 1:18 am

    @Junaid: Discount stores like Makro in the US also check receipts — preventing shoplifting is one way they keep their costs/prices down. The Walmart I go to in the U.S. checks receipts with items when you are exiting as well.

    I’ve heard Carrefour is opening near the old caseeno (sindbad) in Clifton. Is that true?

    (note: i purposely spelled caseeno incorrectly to bypass the censors on this blog)


  23. nadine (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 1:25 am

    Let’s not give PPH all the credit for his comments — he lives in the U.S. and that anti-walmart comment has been brought up time and again in the U.S. so it’s not an original PPH thought. Its just what Americans living in small towns think of Walmart and how harmful it is to the ‘mom-and-pop’ stores.

    It has been been written about, debated about and discussed on the news countless times before. Just google it and you’ll come up with a lot of the harmful effects of ‘big-box’ stores (like Makro and Walmart) on smaller locally owned stores. For example: http://www.aflcio.org/corporatewatch/walmart/walmart_4.cfm


  24. Nats (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 1:45 am

    Where is this place located in KHI ?


  25. wasiq (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 3:53 am

    RED GOLD AND GREEN…..WOW!

    karachi kay sub hajjioun ko Hajj mubarak….

    @Tabraiz…..is that water in the lettuce tray…?


  26. ash (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 3:54 am

    hopefully there is still room in society for big retailers and also itwar bazaar. As much negative press as walmart gets lets not forget that they pay higher taxes employ loads of people and also sell at discount rates unlike the mom and popa’s. They do not contrary to public opinion hurt the economy overall. Also the whole outsourcing thing is what is at the heart of all this walmart negativity.
    Still PPH has written his best post ever.


  27. Sufi (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 4:22 am

    Muhammad Junaid, you been already answered. Costco in the US also checks your receipt and the number of items. But it usually is a formality. Many people don’t shop at Costco for the sole reason of being humiliated at the exit.


  28. Poo Poo head (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 9:54 am

    I am very surprise at people’s reaction. I have always been posting like this. It is just that I am a jerk and do not care for social values.

    In US, many people pay for convenience and do not buy things in bulk as they live alone(I have never been to Costco and rarely go to Walmart, who has time to wait for 10 minutes at check out counter ?) In Pakistan, people have big families and they always buy things in bulk so they will definitely go to these super marts and there is never a time problem for people there. You also have to understand how these marts could sell at discounted prices. They buy in bulk and they get loans from banks and most of those are public companies(Buy now and do not pay till 2008 at 0% APR is a slogan of Home Depot for such a long time). How do you expect moms and pops to compete them unless we support them. They are not affecting economy at macro level but at micro level, it is not good. That’s way there is a law in some US states that Wal Marts should be apart at least 20 miles from each other so that people give at least second thought to buy from local stores.

    Regarding out sourcing thing, US economy has no alternate. It has so much debts. If they stop buying from China/Japan then the factories will stop there and interest rate would increase in Japan(Right now US gets as low as 0.25% loan from Japan Fed Bank). This is just a vicious cycle and only thing that would hold American is its force of attracting brains from all over the world. As long as Sergey Brin , Jerry Yang and Sohaib Abbasi would keep coming US , the world would be good. God bless US and its economy.


  29. al khan (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 7:20 pm

    PPH – why God would bless the US is in itself an irrelevant and highly ludricous statement. Why he should bless the US economy – even more so.

    On the Makro debate however – We should just be glad to have some foreign companies investing in the country/city.


  30. Imran (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 1:41 am

    I’ll pass on the Carrefourres, Wal Marts and Sainsburys – but IKEA? … (Plz) bring it on!! : )

    Just LOVE the “Pricless Ideas”, as the line goes.


  31. Mr. X (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 7:25 pm

    Makro was suppose to be for retailers only. Before the launch membership cards were allotted to those based in the locality i.e Site, Organi, Qasba etc. Our traditional retail walas often lift porducts from wholesale market on credit. Makro is also offering the service but against bank statement, copies of national identity cards and other legal documents. Consider this: Who will want to disclose their income to invite the wrath of Income Tax officials. Dukandaars will avoid it. Firdosh Shamim Naqvi, Director Makro, told a newspaper that it was meant for such retailers and catering service providers but was opened for public because of the law and order created following the opening. In a free market all stakeholders have to be taken into confidence, dont you agree?


  32. tauseef ahmed (unregistered) on February 10th, 2007 @ 10:42 pm

    wow what a compny


  33. Zeeshan Ali Khan (unregistered) on February 12th, 2007 @ 1:27 pm

    Sub Lovers ko valintine day mubarak. all the best .karachi makro opens good decision.
    shere quaid karachi k sub loogo ko makro mubarak.



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