Along with the new plant, new people came to the city – builders, foreign specialists, and the level of domestic and cultural services was growing rapidly.
In 1973, every resident of Norilsk received household services worth 43 rubles a year. This corresponded to the level of the first ten cities of the country: in Moscow – 38 rubles. According to statistics, the average annual consumption of foodstuffs by an “average” Norilsk resident was: meat – 69 kilograms, sausages – 86 kilograms, fish – 20 kilograms, eggs – 233 pieces.
In the same year, new shops and cafes continued to open.
A specialized fish cafe Demyanova Uha, a new cafe Polevoi Stan, made in the Russian style, and a restaurant Caucasus – in the southern version were also opened. The latter, five years later, changed his “nationality” from Caucasian to Scandinavian: the restaurant was redesigned to serve the Finnish specialists who built the Nadezhda.
The main children’s discovery of the year was the large store Malchish-Kibalchish. Statistics said that almost a third of the Norilsk population in 1973 were children. Trade workers prepared 200 000 New Year’s gift bags for the children that year – four for each.
In the History Spot’s previous publication, we told that 1968 was the year of the combine gasification era beginning.
Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive