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Improving Economy in Ajijic, Lake Chapala, Mexico

On Sunday I had occasion to go to Walmart to buy chicken and I was delighted that I had a place to go where I could buy excellent quality chicken.

For the first time since its recent opening, Walmart was busy. There were many cars in the parking lot and I could not whip into a close to the door spot as is my custom.

There were many happy shoppers milling about inside and they all had full carts of Christmas presents and food items.

The prices are very good in a number of areas and the selection is improving monthly.

Lots of toy, electronics, clothes for all ages, pharmaceuticals (not necessarily Christmassy except for some) are available.

They have Christmas decorations, cards and wrapping paper.

The meat section is very comprehensive and if you don’t see something that you want, please go to the butcher counter and I am pretty sure they will have whatever it is you may require.

They have a decent selection of wines and something delicious is always on sale.

When Walmart first opened in Ajijic, Lake Chapala they did not have a very extensive selection of things that “gringos’ might choose but this has improved considerably over the months. They have a very good English speaking manager and if you do not see what you want contact him and he will make the call on the spot to order said item for next time.

Like everywhere else in Ajijic, Lake Chapala stores do not always have everything you want every time you shop. This is why I suggest that if you see something you want buy it as it may not be available next time.

Also it can be a tad difficult shopping for an exact menu as what you need for that menu may not be available. I have adopted an attitude that “if they have it great but if not, I will buy whatever looks fresh”. So when a family member says I want such and such I reply that “I will try but what is your second choice”?

A few times I have been able to get everything on my list but this is, indeed, a rare occasion. I enjoy the challenge, however, and for me, it makes shopping interesting and a little challenging.

Walmart has come a long way here in Ajijic, Lake Chapala but Superlake still has the most extensive selection of imported items like lemon grass and Thai Green Curry Paste.

Christmas trees are available at both Walmart and Superlake.

I also prefer to buy my dog food at the Animal Shelter across from Arden on the carretera for their prices, selection and the fact that all the proceeds go to help the animals they look after.

Nonetheless I was very happy that Walmart was so busy as it clearly signaled that things are getting better and that the economy is indeed improving which is good news for all of us.

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