Georgetown, Guyana; – Over the past six months alone, more than fifty Chinese-owned supermarkets were established throughout Guyana, with at least another forty or so expected to become operational by August 2017.
With a combined average initial contribution of almost half a billion dollars to the economy, at least just over a hundred Guyanese were able to gain direct employment with these emerging supermarkets.
But many Guyanese are baffled as to why all of these affluently styled supermarkets are suddenly springing up throughout the many coastal villages of the country.
And if you happens to be one of those wondering persons, then the answer to this puzzle is quite simple.
With neighboring Suriname sinking deep into recession, many of that country’s citizens have lost their spending power which has since saw a more than 50% decline in sales and revenues almost across every service sector of the economy.
As a result, many supermarkets in Suriname have been struggling to stay afloat, while having to be contented with a sudden increase in robberies and shoplifting escapades that were becoming too rampant for their already struggling businesses to tolerate.
And rather than waiting out a recession that might last for several years, or shifting to more costly nations in South America, many of the Chinese supermarkets owners have found it easier and more logistical to move across the border to Guyana where the population is in a better position to spend cash than their recession-hit counterparts in Suriname.
This move has since saw an average of eight to ten Chinese-owned supermarkets opening up in Guyana each month.
Just around 40% of their stocked dry goods are locally made, while cosmetics and utensils etc are noted to be imported.
Many locals have since welcomed these new supermarkets into their villages, but maintain that they must continue to ensure that jobs and other economic opportunities are being created for persons that are resident in the respective communities.