Industrial and Export Processing Zones in Ho Chi Minh City have recently coordinated with Saigon Union of Trading Co-Operatives to open supermarkets to serve workers right at the zone precinct.
|A shop for workers at the Co-op Food Supermarket in Linh Trung 2 Export Processing Zone in Thu Duc District in HCMC (Photo: SGGP)|
Ho Thi Kim Oanh, head of Co-op Food Supermarket in Linh Trung 2 Export Processing Zone in Thu Duc District, said the supermarket has been drawing workers every day. A diverse variety of commodities, including fresh and processed food, are now selling at subsidized rates in the supermarket.
Le Hong Gam, a worker at the zone, said that earlier she had to go very far to a marketplace from her rental room to buy food items but now the supermarket has made it very convenient for her to buy her daily needs.
Setting up of supermarkets in Industrial and Export Processing Zones will also help reduce vendors along roadsides in the zone areas.
According to the Industrial and Export Processing Zone Management Board in HCMC, seven supermarkets and three price subsidized stores have been built in Industrial and Export Processing Zones since last year.
The management board is also building two trade centers in Le Minh Xuan and Vinh Loc Industrial Zones, and will work with the City Department of Industry and Trade and other businesses to provide more price-subsidized items for workers.