Wholesale cooperative society to give 7 Samabayika stores a makeover

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta Wholesale Consumers Cooperative Society (CWCCS) is planning to revive the seven Samabayika stores under its aegis in the city and make it at par with other departmental stores of leading private companies.The CWCCS has already given a facelift to two of its stores — one at Hazra and another at Rashbehari in South Kolkata, but the other five are in urgent need of a revival. “Our largest store located on Lindsay Street near New Market that is spread across an area of 9,360 square feet presents a sorry picture with a handful of customers visiting the place. We have submitted a detailed proposal to the state Cooperation minister Arup Roy which will entail an investment of Rs 2 crore for a complete facelift of this store. As soon as we get the funds work will start. It will take around six months to complete the work,” said Alok Das, chairman of CWCCS. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeDas said only selling rice, pulses, spices and similar articles will not boost sales, we also need to have everything under one roof such as the likes of popular private departmental stores. It may be mentioned that all the Samabayika stores under CWCCS are located at prime locations. Apart from Rashbehari, Hazra and New Market, four other stores are at Chandni Chowk, Ekdalia near Ballygunge railway station, Uttarayan Market at Ultadanga and Hatibagan near Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedStar Theatre. CWCCS is a central society that was formed in 1963 with more than 90 percent share from the state government and the Centre. There are a number of sub-societies that individually run Samabayikas in the city. There was a time in the 70s when there were 229 stores in the city but currently it has come down to around 45. One such Sambayika store at Moni Sanyal Road in Chetla that has received a facelift was inaugurated by Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim on Friday. “If there is a proposal for reviving Samabayikas, I will surely try to provide assistance,” Hakim said. Most of the Samabayikas in the city had come up in the 1970s, but due to utter neglect during the Left Front regime, most of these departmental stores are in a bad shape,” Das added.last_img