I see that City Super is 15 years old. Back when they started (the first branch was in Times Square), there were the two big supermarket chains (Park’n’Shop and Wellcome), a couple of branches of Olivers, and the food hall in Hong Kong Seibu.
Now Park’nShop have a whole range of sub-brands. Great in Pacific Place is a one-off (in the space that was previously the Seibu food hall in Pacific Place, and with prices to match). The original Taste was in Kowloon Tong, but there are now several more around Hong Kong, and they offer a much bigger selection than the average PnS supermarket.
I’m not sure that I understand the difference between Taste and Fusion, but maybe the former is more aimed at foreigners and the latter more at locals. Or perhaps it’s just that the Fusion stores are smaller? Too confusing, lah.
Then we come to International. This seems to be basically a normal ParknShop with more imported products, and annoying shelf labels proudly reminding you that those Italian tinned tomatoes come from Waitrose in the UK. Er, thanks.
There’s also Gourmet. What’s that, then?
Meanwhile, the Dairy Farm group (Wellcome) now have Marketplace by Jasons for some of its more upmarket locations, and a couple of branches of ThreeSixty (with an emphasis on expensive organic stuff) and just the one Olivers. Thirty years old, apparently.
Which is all very well, but who can afford to pay the prices in Olivers, ThreeSixty, Great, and CitySuper? Very ordinary products are sold at double or triple the price you would pay in a UK supermarket. I can understand high prices for premium products, but not everyday stuff being sold at ridiculous prices.
But at least we do have more choice.