A stop that's good to go

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

LAST year saw an influx of attention for “upscale”—or perhaps the more fitting word would be “trendy”—convenience stores setting up shop in the city. In fact, one particular brand chose to establish its presence on such grandiose scales and it turned out to be a great success.

Then there’s Ministop; one that’s pretty popular in its own right. According to a press statement in Sun.Star Cebu, the convenience store chain opened two stores in Cebu. “…the first outside Luzon and the first of 20 branches planned to be set up in the province by the end of 2013.”

Both stores located in Robinson’s Fuente and on Escario St., feature a grocery, high-quality fresh food with dining area, ATM and mobile phone charging stations.


Operating for about 13 years now in the Philippines, the Japanese brand has more than 300 branches in Luzon, mostly in the central business districts in Metro Manila.

According to a press statement, “[The company] has helped boost entrepreneurship in the country through flexible and affordable business packages that the company has offered with solid support services.”

“It is looking to expand its presence and is targeting more than 400 outlets by the end of 2014,” it added.

Whether one’s out looking for an affordable sandwich, or a cold scoop of chocolate ice cream on a sugar cone, chances are, he’s going to be able to get what he wants. More specifically, a few of the store’s trademark products are its fried chicken, Kariman, sundae, hotdog, chillz, floats and rice meals.

The better bit of the news for those up all night? These stores operate for 24 hours.

For an advanced metro like Cebu City, it would be a surprising fact for some to know that, with the exemption of a select few fast food branches, decent past-midnight snacks or hangouts are often hard to come by. Classy convenience stores may just be a perfect addition to the Queen City’s progression.

But that’s not to say that shops like these aren’t day-friendly—of course not. For a person who lives a day like it’s all-inclusive with 16 rush hours, he’ll just might find what he needs in a trendy convenience store that’s lock, loaded and good to go.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 20, 2013.


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