Thursday, February 12, 2009

they don't want to leave the street

More proof that hawkers do better on the street than in new digs that are constructed for them. Back in 2001, authorities in Mumbai spent 300 million rupees ($6.1 million) to create the Dadar Hawkers Plaza. Eight years on, The Times of India reports, the 750-shop space is almost deserted.

Why? Well try this: "There is no proper entrance to the plaza, no signboard or publicity," one store-owner told the newspaper. Other hawkers said that they resisted moving to the upper floors of the structure.

In retailing, it's location, location, location. And a haphazard presence on the street is a far better location than an official stall far from pedestrian traffic.

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