I made the visit to the new Lotte Mart in Saigon near Phu My Hung. It was a long trip there from the Phu Nhuan District. All I got to say is that I was a bit disappointed about it. All the hoopla was just that. Big C, near my house, was just as good as the new Lotte Mart in my opinion. For electronics, just go to Nguyen Kiem.
My friends and I arrived to Lotte Mart at about 7 PM. The place was packed at the time. I was expecting a nice, clean quiet department store. Lotte Mart, on the outside, had reminded me of Target in some ways. All expectations changed when we entered Lotte Mart.
Instead of being quiet, it was quiet loud inside reminding me of the Vietnamese barbecue restaurants I visit once in a while. That really surprised me. The first floor reminded me of the first floor in all big Vietnamese superstores cluttered full of cosmetic kiosks. The second floor was better, we spent most of our time there.
Now the thing that surprised the most was how dirty everything seemed. All the electronics had a layer of dust on them. My eyes even started to water a bit, dust was everywhere. It did not seem if the Lotte Mart staff cared about the cleaniness of the place. I felt that the entire building was a bit unfriendly.
For me, it was not really worth the visit but I guess I might as well get used to Lotte Marts. They will spring up all across Vietnam. I hope their service improves before Walmart makes it’s entry into the market.
(Lotteria near the grocery store)
(First floor cosmetic kiosks)
(Near the entrance)
(Second floor electronics – Very dusty here)