New kid in town (2)…

They have just opened a new supermarket in Sibu at the Delta Mall which is a stone’s throw away from my house. It is called…

Sibu's The Market Place

Those of you who are familiar with the night scene in KL will probably know that there is a place by the same name – The Marketplace – but it is not a supermarket and I will refrain from mentioning what sort of sexcitement you can find there. ROTFLMAO!!!

Anyway, to get back to what I was going to tell you about, this new place was officially declared open on November 1st and I heard that it was so very crowded over the weekend and the queues at the payment counters were so long that some just gave up and went home.

I dropped by around lunchtime yesterday and there were only a few shoppers around. It is located in the basement of the mall and my first impression was that the stairs are very steep…

The Market Place - steep stairs

I have had this phobia for staircases ever since I slipped on the wet steps at a theme park in KL and fractured my arm and that took three months and subsequently, a surgery, to recover. Well, at least, in the case of this one, handrails are provided for clumsy people like me.

Once you enter, you will see the fruits and vegetables section. I would think that some of the items on special offer were quite cheap but I did not buy anything. After all, I was only there to check out the place.

The Market Place - fruits and veg

…and here, you can buy your meat or seafood.

The Market Place - meat and fish

Everything is embedded in ice so I would think that they must be quite fresh, unlike at the supermarket next door (owned by a certain fat Kuching blogger). Once, I bought two frozen black pomfret (ikan bawal hitam) packed in a plastic bag there and as soon as I got home, I defrosted them and there was a peculiar stench from one so I threw it away. Then when I deep-fried the other one, it actually disintegrated right before my very eyes. I never went back there to buy anything ever again!

At this new one, there is a non-halal section at the back where you can get your fresh meat or your ham, bacon and staff. Browsing around, I spotted these small tins of my favourite sardines…

The Market Place - Marina sardines

A small tin of the Marina Brand costs RM1.95 compared to RM1.90 at another supermarket in the Sibu bus station commercial area. Normally I am hopeless at remembering prices of things that I buy but it so happened that I had just bought two things of the same a day earlier. Ah well…I’m sure I will need to use up more than 5-10 sen worth of petrol to get to the other supermarket which is further away.

Moving off from there, I found these…

The Market Place - Scots shortbread

McVITIES’ All Butter Scottish Shortbread at RM6.10 per packet! If I remember correctly, they were selling them at RM5.80 a packet at Tesco in Sungai Petani. Fair enough, I thought! 30 sen extra to cover the shipping and handling charges and I bought two packets for my afternoon tea. They’re very much cheaper than Walkers anyway! Walkers’ shortbread is nice too but at that price (Nothing less than RM10!), poor pensioners like me can only hope for kind and generous souls like Stella to pick up a packet or two for me at the duty-free shops at the airport on the way back to Sibu. Hahahahahaha!!!

You can pay as you leave at the check-out counters right before the exit which in fact, is the entrance as well so you can bet that many will just nonchalantly march past the cashiers into the supermarket instead of using the entrance proper on the right. (You know lah! Sibu people, where got law one!!!)

The Market Place - cashiers' counters

See! See! You can actually see a few in the photo coming in through Lane 5! Hah!!! Didn’t I tell you so? LOL!!!

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

21 thoughts on “New kid in town (2)…”

  1. lol at “owned by a certain fat Kuching blogger” – i guess u cannot be more discrete than that hor.. 🙂 btw, is that someone’s head trying to hide frm the camera in counter 6 ?? lol.. shy shy huh..

    Hahahahaha!!! I’m sure there are more than 1 fat blogger mah!…I think that was the cashier…

  2. browsing around in the supermarket is my favourite pasttime are they selling imported goods too? sure will drop in when I go to Sibu. Near to Cherry lane?

    I don’t think they have much imported stuff…not as much as Ta Kiong definitely. Yup…that’s near my house.

  3. well! well! Sibu must be flourishing what with new supermarket catering for the affluent ( the Foochows?). Must be more expensive lah! (aircon).Oh, there is another Marketplace here in KL i.e the Marketplace @ Cold Storage in the Gardens at Mid Valley, a trendy and upmarket supermarket that offers all kinds of local and imported food and fruit.

    Sometimes things at such places are cheaper than at the mini-supermarkets or the grocery stores (ala Goh Say Lak!). It all depends. I haven’t been to KL for a long time now, over a year…so I would not know of the newer places…

  4. Mukah black pomfret is the best I have ever tried. Next time go for Mukah black pomfret. hehe, I am promoting.

    Yes…it’s a selling point here. The fishmongers will claim that their fish is fresh from Mukah!…Haven’t been to Mukah for ages now. Always enjoyed the fresh seafood at places like Nibong! Slurpzzz!!!

  5. looks like a pretty big supermarket..almost like the ta kiong here 😛

    It’s pretty big…and I think a bit understocked…lots of space for lots more things, but then they’re just starting!

  6. On Saturday and Sunday, the 2-lane main Pedada Road instantly became one-lane road because kiasu Sibu people just simply parked by the road side and the traffic at that particular part was congested.

    It was so crowded so I also no mood to check the place out.

    Yakah? Thank God I didn’t drive past those two days. Dunno why people bother…Eeeee!!! If I see a crowd like that, I’d just turn back and go home!

  7. chricaca, is that the same as Jason’s market place in singapore? I think it’s the more upscale version of cold storage, and you get more imported foods there. Although upscale = pricey!

    Then it’s not for me! LOL!!!

  8. R u running low on Walkers now STP!LOL! Some people loathe grocery shopping,but me,love it! Esp when I’ve time to browse n compare prices/check ingredients. Favourite stock up is toilet paper!3 ply better than 2 ply! U know here the policy is if the food is not fresh u can always return them n get refund or exchange. Like 1 time bought Fuji apples,charged me wrong price,so I got it free. Bought only 3kgs,shld hve got 6kgs!.But anything under $4 don’t bother returning,waste petrol!

    Gee! Why would you need 3-ply? Hahahahahahaha!!!! I suppose I could have tried complaining…but like most people here, never bother…just curse and swear that they’ll go bankrupt soon! LOL!!

  9. Yes Gerrie, it is like Jason marketplace in Singapore. There are more imported stuff ( read pricey) but lots more choices. STP, can still buy the regular stuff at normal price.

    No lah! Why would I need to go marketing in KL?…But sometimes I did go to walk around and down every aisle and round every corner, they had people offering samples of this and that – tuna sandwich, bits of honey ham, orange juice, campbell soup etc etc etc…Walk around and try all, full liao! No need to go for lunch! Hahahahahaha!!!

  10. I thk the frozen food section will close down very soon lorrrr. Bawal also not fresh, how can the business survive!

    Not at this new supermarket lah! The one next door. I heard it was going to close down…and then they opened this new mall next door without a supermarket so the business there picked up for a while. Now that they’ve opened their own supermarket at the mall itself, it will be pretty hard for this old one to survive…especially when the quality of the stuff sold is as such!

  11. wah looks like you’re excited about the supermarket. It’s good it’s good. A little bit more on price but comfortable shopping environment is definitely worth it.

    Too bad, no money! LOL!!! Good for strolling around on hot afternoons! Hahahahahaha!!!

  12. What a nice new supermarket. I didn’t know about The Marketplace in KL until I checked out the link! Now I know, never been there but have been to Liquid, at Central Market in KL.

    As for real supermarkets, I seldom go cos I normally just go to Tesco to do my shopping. It’s cheaper than most places : )

    Tesco is nice. Should be much nicer and bigger than this one in Sibu. Umm…Liquid is another place where they hang out, is it?

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