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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Chennai’s Numero Uno Shopping District

T Nagar (Ranganathan Street and Usman Road to be more precise) is the ultimate shoppers paradise as far as Chennai is concerned. Traffic jams, lack of parking space and pickpockets don’t seem to be acting as deterrents to the shoppers. An article in Business Line states that as much as 8 million people visited this shopping district in the month leading upto Diwali. Diwali, Christmas, Pongal, Wedding season and ‘Back to school’ season seem to be providing round-the-year traffic to this shopping district. Although there has been lot of talk about decongestion, we have not seen any concrete action in this regard.

T Nagar’s leading retailers (jewellery and textile shops) are big time advertisers in all the Tamil cable channels. It might be a good idea if some of these retailers join hands to float their own cable channel (thereby saving on the higher ad rates charged by the established TV channels). Given that women form a major chunk of the retailer's clientele, the cable channel can have a mix which is heavily skewed towards mega-serials / soaps.


  • Haha thats twice Singapore's population along that 2 KM stretch!

    As some1 in the article suggested, it would only be wise to come up wiht at least one level for parking..that would ease the congestion and also attract more shoppers...

    By Blogger Chennai chatter, at 10:07 AM  

  • Just don't bring a car :-)

    By Blogger Übermaniam, at 10:28 AM  

  • you can see a 'juiced-up' (down?) version of self, after a 30 min stretch on ranganathan st :-)

    By Blogger Arvind, at 11:02 AM  

  • There is this myth that the area occupied by Nalli, Kumaran, RMKV and Lalitha Jewellery resembles like a "Swastika". Hence all the prosperity, it seems.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:37 PM  

  • hi kaps,
    u said right.shopping in chennai= tnagar.there is nothing that u cant get here.but the main problem is the congested area.though the idea of urs saying that retailers starting their own channel,it would be better if the shops in ranganathan street do something to ensure safety when there is some kind of danger like fire,accidents etc.afterall their own customers would be saved when there is some fire accident.i always feel some kind of insecure when i enter this very narrow but not broad st.

    By Blogger வேதா, at 1:01 PM  

  • @Chennai Chatter,
    There was some plan to convert Panagal Park into some kind of multi-storey car park....not sure what happened to that

    @Daily Unusual,
    good suggestion

    very true......experience speaks??

    that is some piece of info!

    I think the customers should start shunning Ranganathan Street like the time such preventive measures are put in place. this will ensure that the retailers wake up to reality.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 7:21 PM  

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    By Blogger KnowYourProfit, at 4:22 PM  

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