Norilsk Gastronom was region’s first large grocery store

Norilsk Gastronom was region’s first large grocery store

January 20, 2022

On February 20, 1953, the first large grocery store in the city, and even in the entire region, was opened on Gvardeiskaya square - grocery store No. 1 with eight departments.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. By the Norilsktorg department head’s order, the grocery store worked 12 hours a day – from noon to midnight.

The total area of ​​that new store was 3169 square meters. Every day it served 20 thousand customers.

Gastronome No. 1 was Norilsk’s central grocery store and the city’s main showcase. It was there that newcomers to the Far North went to look at the polar abundance: pyramids of scarce canned food, butter and sausages, sweets and airy cakes.

Its interiors were also striking: high ceilings, palace chandeliers, stucco columns.

The grocery store had an order department where it was possible to arrange home delivery of heavy purchases.

In 1964, after reconstruction, grocery store No. 1 got its own name – Yenisey – switcheed to a new progressive form of work – self-service. In 1976, after another update of interiors and equipment, the Yenisey grocery store got a supermarket status.

18 times in a row Yenisey was awarded the Trade Department’s Challenge Red Banner, and in 1982 it won the regional competition of trade enterprises.

In the last issue of the History Spot photo project we told about children’s stores in Norilsk.

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Text: Svetlana Samohina, Photo: Nornickel Polar Division archive

January 20, 2022

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