Here Come Malls Without Walls

Hypermarkets sell everything from antifreeze to zoom lenses

Are these prices for real? Ground beef, 87 cents per lb. Oranges, eight for $1. Car batteries, $25. Videocassette recorders, $180. Yes, but that is just the beginning of the surprises. Here comes a clerk -- whooosh! -- on roller skates. And just look at these 20-ft. mountains of merchandise, from catsup to cameras, mustard to mufflers. Disoriented yet? This is the green zone, where groceries are sold. For everything from mouthwash to antifreeze, go to the blue zone. Tired? Here, sit down on one of the convenient wooden benches and sip some free cider or coffee with other weary shoppers.


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