For years, tourists have been hopping on the bus and making the trip to downtown Cancun to visit Walmart to buy sunblock, bottled water, beer, liquor, souvenirs and many other items. Well, this phenomenon may have just come to an end. Super Chedraui Selecto recently opened in the heart of the Hotel Zone at kilometer 9 on Boulevard Kukulcan, right next door to Cancun Center.
Chedraui is sometimes called the "Mexican Walmart," due to the fact that they carry similar items, including groceries, clothing, electronics, home and office supplies, cosmetics, etc. However, this new store was created just for Cancun's Hotel Zone and features brand new departments that aren't found in any other Chedraui stores.
Super Chedraui Selecto's "food court" has a large offering, including local specialities — Photo courtesy of Kristin Busse
The store has a modern look and it's noticeably, well, fancier that the Chedrauis located in downtown Cancun. On the first floor, shoppers will find a large souvenir and beach section, some housewares, cosmetics and groceries, including beer and liquor.
The second floor is where things get interesting. There's a huge wine section, which includes Mexican and South American wines; a bakery; an imported foods area; a Mexican candy or dulces section; a cheese and deli meats island; and what can only be described as a food court.
The food court offers a salad bar, a wine bar, a sushi bar and a slushy bar (Slushies can be purchased with or without alcohol . . . cheers!). This is an ideal place to have an economical meal.
Choices include pizza, pasta, tortas and even local dishes like cochinita pibil. There's also a grill where hamburgers and hot dogs are prepared.
Plenty of seating is available, and there's even an open-air dining area that overlooks the lagoon. For dessert, the cafe serves different types of coffee, gelato and crepes.
Produce and frozen foods can also be found on the second floor.
Many people may not know that baggers in Mexico do not earn a salary and work only for tips. Super Chedraui Select will "employ" some 100 senior citizens as baggers. If you can, give them a few extra pesos, because believe it or not, unfortunately many of them really depend on this money.
Super Chedraui Selecto is open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Parking is available underneath the store.
The store is located right next to the Party Center — Photo courtesy of Kristin Busse