Grocery Stores in David Panama
I have almost lived here four years. In that time I have witnessed a huge transformation with regards to grocery stores in David and what they sell.
When I first arrived in David, days were spent searching out numerous items that were common place staples in our pantries and refrigerators back home in the US.
Now, not only have the more unique items appeared but the selection of brands has increased. With more and more competition in David with new stores opening and the prospect of many more, I think grocery stores in David now know they can sell those obscure items now.
It may seem like an odd pleasure, but to find say sun dried tomatoes or wasabi mayonnaise is a very big deal.
Grocery Store Chains in David
With a growing population of over 125,000, new grocery stores in David are popping up everywhere.
The biggest excitement is for the chain Riba Smith to open here. They have several stores in Panama but none in David. They are a high end import grocery store with a diverse deli and imported items not found elsewhere. We should have one here by the end of 2017, hopefully.
In addition we have another new large grocery store being built on the Interamericana highway.
We consistently have more Romero’s opening along with our new Super 99 that opened in 2014. Super Baru’s are still widely popular for their unique imported items. We also have a Rey Supermarcado which is owned by Romeros. And well you can’t get better than Pricesmart for warehouse style shopping for groceries. These are the big box stores.
In addition you have hundreds of smaller Chinas as they are called. These are mom and pop corner stop and go places that carry the staples you might run out of. These are usually the places where you get your propane tank exchanged for $6.00.
Most of us in the know also make use of numerous fruit and vegetable stands around the city where you can find prices well below half of what the stores charge. And to be honest, the vegetables look better, are riper and smell terrific. Plus the selection is much better.
So many of us make a day of it, going from one grocery to another. We basically make it an outing and if we are lucky, Pricesmart will be giving out free samples!
Layouts of Grocery Stores in David
All grocery stores have the same layouts you are used to in Canada and the US. Outside perimeter is consistent of the good stuff, meat selection, veggies and fruit, deli’s, bakeries. The inside aisles are all the staples, snacks, liquor, cleaning supplies, personal stuff.
Most larger stores always have a pharmacy and a Pago where you can pay your bills. Oh and remember to get and use a store card ( if they have them) to get points for some nice items. You can add points to your card by presenting it to the pharmacy or the Pago. So if you are paying a water bill, cell phone bill or what ever, the amount of the payment will be added in points to your card. Cool eh!!
I Guess I should Explain Multi Pago’s
Multi Pagos are a one stop place to pay all your bills with cash or check. It saves time rather than having to go to the electric company, cable/internet company, water department, insurance office or cell phone service office. You can fill out a simple form with your name, account number and amount paid.
Plus most Pagos are open 7 days a week from 9am until sometime in the evening. So you don’t have to hop all over the city. You can pay your bills in one place and get your groceries too.