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Notes on the Geography of Northern India: Organized Retail in Delhi

Wal-Mart is still persona non grata in India, but organized retail is making huge inroads in Delhi.

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An ancient column of an unknown order? No; as the wisp at the top suggests, it's the stack for a shopping center.

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Here's the center proper, with no shortage of columns.

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Another view. The building echoes some of the official buildings of British New Delhi, right down to the choice of color.

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The interior, like malls across India, is full of international brands but not international retailers, still kept at bay.

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Supermarkets are still generations behind the international standard, but here's one of the companies trying to expand rapidly. It's part of Mukesh Ambani's vast empire.

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The interior, perhaps twice the size of an American convenience store.

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Lots of packaged foods, many (perhaps most) of which would be unfamiliar to a shopper in the United States.

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Lots of staff, which means quick service.

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Elmer Fudd meets Athens.

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The last word in Delhi malls, circa 2008.

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Interior.


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