Shoppers note:Inside Shoprite Ibadan By Niyi Tabiti

By Niyi Tabiti
It was fun visiting the two Shoprite outlets in Ibadan. One is located at Dugbe, while the other one known as The Palms is situated along Ring Road, Ibadan. The old Kokodome is now a spectacular place for shoppers, and onlookers too!
Light traffic: Just like most places in Ibadan, the traffic was light.
Getting to Dugbe from my Hotel at Mokola was not stressful at all. 
 In Ibadan, you just have to be careful with the commercial buses and taxis. Most of them, park right on the road to drop passengers or carry new ones without signal to the vehicle coming behind. Everywhere is a bus-stop in Ibadan even right in the middle of the road.

Flat rate of N100 for parking space: At Shoprite in Dugbe, parking is not free. You get a ticket from the gate attendant as you drive in. When you are leaving, they simply charge you N100.No machine or queue for payment as you see at Shoprite, Alausa, Lagos.

Large number of stores: One remarkable thing about the mall is the large number of stores. It has more outlets than the ones we see at Ikeja and Lekki in Lagos. It is also very neat. Stores there include Casabella, Health Plus. As a side attraction, i couldn’t help but laugh when I saw the food vendors jostling for customers.
They accost people on the way and openly solicit for patronage by screaming the type of food they have. ”We have rice,eba…” A guy won my attention but when I ordered for Amala Ibadan, he said it has finished. I later got the amala I wanted at Bodija Ojuirin where Ola Mummy Food canteen is located.

Toilet use for N20: At Shoprite, Dugbe, you have to pay to use the toilet. Users are charged a flat rate of N20.
Proximity to business district area: Shoprite Dugbe, Ibadan is located very close to the business district area. The offices include Cocoa house, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), First Bank Nigeria, UBA, Wema Bank Plc.

The palms or Shoprite, Ring Road, Ibadan- has very large parking space. It is very neat too.
The vehicular and human traffic are very light when compared to that of Dugbe. The KFC is situated in a corner that should have been a club.
No charges for parking, not even a tally or tag but the bold signs that cars are parked at Owners risk. They have lesser outlets compared to Dugbe.
  Niyi Tabiti is the chief reporter and ceo @ Gistmaster.com

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