Egypt has more than 200 stores selling everything from olive oil to fruit and nuts, and the country’s largest grocery chain is on the rise, even as the rest of the Arab world struggles with a food crisis.
As part of its plan to diversify and expand, the Egyptian government has set up new outlets across the country, opening new stores in towns and cities with a population of more than 100,000.
In the past two years, more than 700 new supermarkets have opened, according to the Ministry of Industry and Communications.
With a population larger than the UK’s, Egypt’s population has swelled to about 1.2 billion people, more in absolute terms than France, Spain, Germany, the US and Israel.
The new supermarkets aim to attract shoppers with the countrys latest innovation, such as refrigerated delivery.
Many of the new supermarkets are also offering discounts to those who use online shopping, and some offer discounted prices on certain products, such a chicken nugget or fruit and vegetable juices.
Many retailers are also expanding their delivery services to allow them to ship items quickly.
The latest initiative was launched last week by the Egyptian Food and Agricultural Organisation (AFAI) to offer discounts on its products.
“We are trying to increase the number of supermarkets, and that’s why we launched the new initiative,” said Dr Fadel Khalaf, the director of the food policy programme at the National University of Agriculture in Cairo.
“Many of the stores have opened in the past few years.
We opened three stores in the first week of September and are now trying to open six more.”
But the new outlets have faced some challenges.
Many shops are overcrowded and many customers wait in line for hours.
“It’s very difficult to serve people at home and at the same time keep people happy,” said Abdel Moneim Al-Dahlan, a shopkeeper at a new store in the eastern city of Dokki, near Cairo.
Many stores are also closed on Sundays, making it difficult to make deliveries on those days.
“People come in to buy groceries, but they don’t come in during the week and the weekend,” he added.
“I have to buy some things every day and we can’t do that.
It’s difficult to do.”
But one shopkeeper said his business was growing and his store was attracting customers who wanted to avoid the long lines and wait hours.
Al-Fahmi added: “I am happy with the increase in my business, as I’m working on expanding my business.
I am now able to get my goods to the market faster.”
Al-Hassan al-Amin, an employee at a small store in Egypt’s capital, Cairo, said that most of his customers came to him during the day and stayed for several hours.
But on Fridays and Saturdays, he had to turn away customers.
“The people who come to my shop are always tired.
They have to leave after the first hour,” he said.
Al Nahyan said the increased availability of goods meant that the number waiting for their purchases would also increase.
“If we have customers who are tired, they come back for another day, because they want to see what is in store.
They also come back when they can.
That means that we can offer the best prices,” he told Al Jazeera.
Al Fahmi’s new supermarket has a big impact on the overall economy, as well as on consumers.
Al Dahlan, who works for the Egyptian Electricity Company (EEC) in Cairo, says that when his shop opened, it had 15 customers.
Today, the shop only has 10 customers, he said, and he has to offer discounted price to those customers.
But the government’s decision to increase food prices also has an impact on those with a limited budget.
“There are some people who have been waiting in line long hours for their grocery items, and then we open the new store, but when we opened it was a very empty store,” he explained.
Al Nahyyan said he tried to sell some of his produce to the government-owned Al Ahram supermarket in Cairo but that it did not work out. “
That’s the only reason I came back and opened the store.”
Al Nahyyan said he tried to sell some of his produce to the government-owned Al Ahram supermarket in Cairo but that it did not work out.
“This has a bad effect on me,” he recalled.
“Even though I was offering them discounted prices, they didn’t pay.”
Al Dahyan added that he was also trying to find alternative outlets to sell to the people who came to his store.
“A few years ago, I used to sell the produce to customers in their homes.
But now I have to go to the grocery store and sell it at discounted prices to people who are willing to pay,” he continued.
Al Ahmarian, a farmer from the northern Nile Delta, said he came to the store to try to sell produce he harvested during the previous