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Supermarket rising like gangbusters

What’s on your shopping wish list?

posted 9/30/10 by Pelican Paulie

We’re getting word from two neutral sources that construction of the Grupo Chedraui “SuperChe” market across 307 from the PA resort is rapidly rising out of the jungle and that there is hope it might be completed before the Christmas holiday season, certainly welcome news for the snowbirds who begin arriving in October through December and beyond and certainly for the local population and nearby towns and resorts.

Betsy Amy-Vogt reports, “The Chedraui across the road is being built FAST. I’m guessing it’ll be up by Christmas at this rate. They already have the frame built and the concrete trucks are trucking it in.” And from Chris Landhal and Kay, who made a brief visit to their Esmeralda Condo last week, this report: “We cannot believe how quickly the Chedraui store is going up. The walls are going up by leaps and bounds, the steel pillars and roof supports are almost finished.”

THE 302 UNDERPASS, in the photo, could be expected to become much more traveled with addition of a SuperChe across the road from the resort. We are also told a new taqueria has opened in the poblado.

Landahl said a store management employee they talked to informally explained the company is “shooting for a November opening” and that the outlet will be somewhat experimental in that it is striving to serve the needs of both the native and visiting populations, whereas some of the other Chedraui outlets target one or the other markets.

Pelican readers are invited to send in comments on what they would like the store to carry. For example, the cholesterol conscious would probably like so see some soy products, like soy hot dogs and American style egg white such as Better ‘N Eggs or similar product. There could also be a market for medium-sized, gas-fired outdoor grilles AND a ready supply of propane distribution on the site since we are told current access to propane is way out in the Playa boondocks. Maybe a corner of the store for a branch bank?

What could SuperChe do to float your boat? Let us know if you want to. It won’t hurt. Honest. Use the comment link.

WELCOME SIGN for the SuperChe

and the skeletal beginnings off Route 307

show in photos taken by Betsy Amy-Vogt


Broken glass and…

an Executive car rental calendar with two Nov. 7s. Huh?

Anybody currently trying to rent a car from Executive at the Cancun Airport for on or after Nov. 7 might experience a tough time of it, with no explanation forthcoming from Executive Car rental. The mystery here is how Executive’s November calendar has listed Sunday AND Monday as November 7, pushing Monday, Nov. 8, to Tuesday Nov. 8 and so on down the line like dominoes on steroids repeating the same error. What’s that saying? “A day late and a dollar short?” – meaning, of course, too little too late.

A snowbird trying to reserve a car several weeks ago at the airport for a one-day stint with return delivery to Puerto Aventuras could not hire the car for one day, since Sunday and Monday are both Nov. 7. And since the following day, Nov. 8, skips Monday, the frustrated consumer would have had to hire the car for two days, which the consumer did not need. Taking advantage of the “contact us” offer on the Executive web site, the consumer pointed out the error in a note with the expectation, as the site claims, of hearing from Executive shortly. Well, the consumer has been waiting longer than a soldier in a chow line – nearly three weeks to be relatively exact – and nada response. A second try yielded another big zero. Oh well…

TAXI !!!

Cause of broken glass incidents being sought

Absent Condo Esmeralda owner Alicia Venturi, an Argentine native now living just outside Washington, D.C., learned from a cleaning crew that her unit had broken glass recently and upon inquiring of the condo administrative office by email and contacting Pelican learned that hers was one of three such incidents, with no readily apparent cause.The administration has all but ruled out attempted breaks since in at least the complainant’s unit, the shutters were closed. Administration opened the possibility of settling by the building as a possible cause. Ms. Venturi, an architect, has asked for the location of all the broken glass incidents, which could offer evidence as to the problem. The Colonos is also concerned in that respect and is asking for more information. The condo administration said it is negotiating with insurers for glass repair or replacement.

Photo shows area where latest broken glass was discovered

In Case You Didn’t Know…..

predicted 80,000 tourists never did arrive on the Riviera Maya during this summer season, a result of the economic crisis, said Dario Flota Ocampo, director of Riviera Maya Marketing and Promotion. The predicted number was 400,000, but only 320,000 actually showed up…It is being reported that the planned trans-peninsular train will have a trial run as early as next year, integrating the economic development of the Yucatan’s three states, Campeche, Yucatan and Q. Roo. A second phase will link Calico, Cancun and Quintana Roo, our state… Q. Roo reportedly has 14 championship golf courses that will be used to help local golfers prepare for the 2016 Olympics…There is abundant brain power working on the dread drug war raging on the Mex-Tex-Cal-zona borders. The University of San Diego’s Trans Border Institute has a reception Oct. 14 to fete Mexico’s Bicentennial and Centennial of Independence and the Revolution in association with the Coalition for Border Prosperity, and an event on Ending Prohibition, California’s Proposition 19, marijuana legalization and its effect on drug trafficking in Mexico…The hotel occupancy rate for Tulum this summer averaged only 30 percent, reports Emilio Heredia Lima, president of the Tulum Hotel Association.

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