Connect with us

Phuket

Phuket Governor goes shopping for flood price hikes

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published 

 on 

PHUKET: Governor Tri Augkaradacha today inspected Phuket’s three largest grocery retailers after receiving complaints of price rises on some products following the floods in Bangkok.

Joining Governor Tri were Prajiad Aksornthammakul of the Phuket Provincial Office, Phuket Internal Trade Office Director Supatcha Boonpalit, and Phuket MP Raewat Areerob.

At each store, Gov Tri and his entourage were welcomed by the store manager and taken on a guided tour of the aisles.

The Tesco Lotus superstore on bypass road was the first stop on the tour, followed by Big C Phuket, also on the bypass road, and wrapping up with Super Cheap on Thepkrasattri Road.

All three were short of some products, such as popular or cheap brands of rice, condensed milk, sugar, water, instant noodles and dry food products.

However, where stocks had been cleared of the popular or cheap brands, other more expensive brands of the same essential items were still available, including bottled water.

The management at all three retailers explained to the governor that the problem resulted from the floods in and around Bangkok and Central Thailand.

Some manufacturers have been forced to cease production, as their factories are under water, and those that are still in production have inflated transportation costs to cope with as delivery vehicles have to navigate flooded roads and highways.

“Overall, I think we still have enough goods for consumers. I just want to ask for cooperation from all stores not to raise prices or hoard consumer products,” said Governor Tri.

“The prices of all products at all stores are to remain the same. I told all stores that if it were necessary to raise prices, to please not raise them too much. People are already suffering from the crisis,” he added.

“The government is now trying to solve the problem by importing products from other counties,” Gov Tri said.

Boonsom Anantajaroonwong, the Managing Director of Super Cheap, explained, “We may have fewer consumer products for sale compared with before the crisis, but we still have items in stock.

“Many manufacturers have been affected by the floods and they cannot produce anything because their factories are flooded. Some manufacturers who can still produce have problems transporting their products to retailers,” he said.

“We may have to adjust the prices of some products, but I can guarantee that it would not exceed 3 to 4 per cent of the original price.

“Since we have to buy these products from wholesalers [and not direct from the manufacturer], it is impossible for us to bargain over prices,” he added.

— Warisa Temram

 

Want more Thailand news from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📝️ Join the conversation on Thaiger Talk - discuss news & life in our Thailand forums
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 hour ago

Covid-19 round-up for expats 3: Are countries helping Thailand?

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 hour ago

Covid-19 round-up for expats 2: Will your country give a vaccine?

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 hour ago

Covid-19 round-up for expats 1: Should you travel to Thailand?

Phuket Sandbox July 1st

days
hours
minutes
seconds

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Thailand2 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Lockdown for BKK? Demonstrations back on, Pathum Thani shooter arrested

Thailand2 hours ago

Myth busted: Drinking alcohol does not kill Covid-19 – VIDEO

Phuket3 hours ago

Power outages coming to Kathu, again

Tourism3 hours ago

List of countries by Covid-19 risk level, classified by Thailand’s DDC

Thailand3 hours ago

Legalised marijuana up next? Courts get closer to legalising kratom

Phuket4 hours ago

Phuket police raids nab suspects for allegedly having guns, drugs, kratom

World5 hours ago

Antivirus legend John McAfee apparent suicide in Spanish prison

Coronavirus (Covid-19)5 hours ago

Thursday Covid Update: 4,108 new cases; provincial totals

Coronavirus (Covid-19)6 hours ago

Bar girls in Pattaya arrested for allegedly violating Covid restrictions while live streaming

Protests6 hours ago

Gathering for 89th anniversary of constitutional monarchy

Crime7 hours ago

Police arrest suspect who allegedly killed Covid patient and 7-Eleven clerk

Coronavirus (Covid-19)7 hours ago

Multiple Bangkok hospitals stop Covid testing, citing fear of insufficient beds

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism4 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Trending