TescoÆs troubles in paradise

Thai shoppers love TescoÆs cheap produce, but critics say low prices are driving mom-and-pop stores out of business.

The critics may have a point. Tesco LotusÆs superstore in BangkokÆs Lat Phrao district is certainly a world away from the scruffy mom-and-pop stores that used to serve the local residents here.

Sitting amid an ocean of parking spaces, this vast edifice boasts a DVD store, a hotpot restaurant, numerous American fastfood outlets, tinkers, tailors, ATMs and cell phone stands, and all that before you get to the vast aisles of the superstore itself. All under a single roof....

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