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Stories by Bavina Sookdeo
The City of Grand Bazaar is indeed grand.
With numerous stores to choose from, this
shopping destination is ideally located along the
Uriah Butler Highway, Valsayn.
At the City of Grand Bazaar, one can find almost
any item. With cosmetics to shoes, lingerie to jew-
ellery, clothing to pharmaceuticals, the City of
Grand Bazaar has it all.
It is quite obvious that this grand bazaar was
built with convenience in mind. It is easily accessi-
ble for many. Those going into or leaving Port-of-
Spain after work can easily stop off at the City of
Grand Bazaar to grab dinner, just hang out with
friends or simply enjoy a shopping adventure.
Especially for UWI, SAM, SBCS and Mt Hope
students, Grand Bazaar proves to be a one
stop shop where they can stock up on the
necessities for never ending all-nighters.
Grabbing fast food is easy at the pleas-
antly staffed fast food outlets at the
City of Grand Bazaar.
If you're looking to purchase some truly exqui-
site furniture for Christmas, then you must visit
the bazaar and while you're at it, you can pick up
the newest toys for the kids and even grab some
books at one of Grand Bazaar's book stores. Have
no fear, if you run out of cash, ATMs are conve-
niently located. So what about if you feel like
snacking or you simply want to quiet the kids so
you can truly enjoy your shopping? Then, just stop
off at any of the candy stores -- it is guaranteed to
keep the kids occupied for a while.
Grand Bazaar is simply a conveniently located
shopping destination where one can enjoy fresh
air as one treks from store to store. It is easily ac-
cessible, secure, offers affordable shopping and
can guarantee you and your family quality time to-
gether especially for the holidays. Grand Bazaar
truly lives up to its name... it is truly 'Grand' and of-
fers its customers the same experience.
So you've made your list and you just can't
wait to go into the busy malls and shopping
areas where you will truly feel the Christmas
spirit. You know you will enjoy every moment.
Still, despite all the fun and hustle, you need to
be extremely careful when you go shopping. You
need to be on the lookout for those who are out
to ruin the fun. Here are some tips that may help
to keep you and your family safe during this busy
time of year.
According to the Trinidad and Tobago's Police
Service website - http://www.ttps.gov.tt -- citizens
should avoid walking with large quantities of
money or excessive jewellery at this time. The site
also states that handbags should be held close to
the body since it "is a favourite target for 'snatch
and grab' offences". The site further states that
persons should refrain from making several trips to
their vehicles to store items purchased and should
avoid having purchases and other valuables ex-
posed in parked vehicles at malls, car parks and on
The TTPS advises persons to avoid burdening
themselves with packages and parcels since they
could delay reaction time, should an emergency
arise. Answering your cell phone in crowded areas
is also discouraged since it may distract you and
present an opportunity for robbery to occur. In
crowded areas, it is important to be aware of any
unusual or persistent body contact and individuals
should avoid having strangers hold their parcels
since they could easily disappear with them.
TTPS also advises persons to call 999, 555 or
800 TIPS if they witness a crime in
Now, most of you probably have
children and you also need to take
their safety into consideration when out shopping.
Children must be supervised at all times. If you
think you cannot shop and look after them, please
do not leave them in the arcade or the mall to
roam. Make arrangements for a babysitter for the
younger ones and if those teens want to go on
their own, ensure that they take a friend or two
As you approach your vehicle, look out for loiter-
ers and if you notice any near your vehicle then call
the security for some assistance to get into your
car. Before you approach your vehicle, get your key
and keep it in your free hand. This will not only
save you time when getting into your vehicle but it
can be used as a weapon if the need arises. As you
get into the vehicle lock the door immediately.
It is important to always be aware of your sur-
roundings and be alert at all times. At Grand
Bazaar customers shop knowing security is pro-
vided. Happy shopping!
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