Shopkeeper in Old Jeddah

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This tiny shop in the oldest part of Jeddah called Al-Balad (“the town”) is filled to the gills from the floor to the ceiling with a variety of household needs – spices, rice, olive oil, pasta, salt, tea, etc. Every inch of available space is utilized by shelving, bins, and stacking. The shopkeeper is standing in the only way to get into the shop. Shoppers do not enter but instead stand on the outside and tell the shopkeeper what they want and he then gets the items down for them. Shops like these have been in operation for hundreds of years in old Jeddah and continue to thrive, despite competition from new and modern mega-stores.

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5 Responses to Shopkeeper in Old Jeddah

  1. Pingback: Al-Balad Shopping District « JEDDAH DAILY PHOTO JOURNAL

  2. Jerry M says:

    When I was a teenager, there were some shops in the NYC subway system that were nearly as small.

  3. Bill B says:

    As long as Wal-Mart doesn’t compete, they will be there for a long time to come.

  4. NidalM says:

    There’s this corner in the Balad well known for its special “Yemeni style” shawermas and mango juice. I think the secret is the curry sauce (in the shawerma, not the juice :P).

  5. Wonderful shop photo! Glad WALMART hasn’t put him out of business!

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