Friday, 1 March 2013

Cadianda Supermarket in Uzumlu a fantastic bonus for us expats


When we first bought our property in Uzumlu, my daughter and I were the first to come over for a visit, so together we took our first walk down to the village to have a look around. We visited every shop in the village to see what each of them did and didn't sell as the case may be. The most memorable shop we visited however, was the Cadianda Supermarket.


Owner Seyhun Ergun
We were met at the door by the incredibly gregarious owner Seyhun Ergun. He invited us in as though we were long lost best friends, and proudly showed us everything he sold in his shop. His English was almost non existent and our Turkish was absolutely non existent, but somehow we managed to establish that as well as selling various food and sundry items he was the local butcher. He insisted that we have a 'free' bottle of fizzy drink each, and we were encouraged to taste every flavour of Turkish delight that he sold. Well that was three years ago and time has moved on, Seyhun's English has improved and our Turkish although still pitiful does now exist in some small way. But what has also improved beyond recognition is his shop. He is an extremely hard working man who has listened to his customer and for those of you who think living in Uzumlu means saying goodbye to all life's English home comforts you could not be more wrong.

 
His recently revamped shop now sells a huge range of foods that are not readily available in the supermarkets here in Turkey. HP sauce, Heinz tomato ketchup, Colman's mustard, baked beans, custard powder, sausages, bacon, cereals, the list goes on and on.
 
 
All at reasonable prices which compare favourably with the Pork Shop in Fethiye which was previously the only outlet for such goodies. If you are needing something he doesn't stock he will do his utmost to get it for you.  

Of course he also sells items you would expect to see in any Turkish supermarket including a range of cleaning items. 

Being the local butcher he supplies fresh meat, which he will cut to your requirements.


The shop has a good selection of dairy products, pickles, and store cupboard items all sensibly displayed in an immaculately clean environment.

 Fresh bread and vegetables are also available, a range of frozen items and a more recent addition is dog and cat food. 

He has well stocked shelves of spirits and wines and cigarettes too if you are a smoker.
 
The local freebie newspaper is in a stand for the taking, and he will supply and deliver gas bottles and large water bottles. In fact he will also deliver your groceries for you if required. 


So if you find yourself staying in Uzumlu, Seyhun would be delighted to see you pop in for your shopping. I can assure you that you will find pretty well everything you require and you will definitely be given a warm welcome and service with a smile.
 







18 comments:

  1. What a great supermarket and a very accommodating owner. I love the way that Turkish shopkeepers go out of their way to help. We have only two small village shops, but the owner of the larger of the two will always try to get things that I want if he doesn't stock them...only Turkish items though...no baked beans or custard (I wish!)

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    1. So true Ayak. The Turkish people are generally so obliging. When we meet up one day I'll bring you a hamper with all those treats in for you to enjoy!

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    2. Oooh, I'll look forward to that! xxxx

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  2. Marmite and Golden Syrup ??? Do my eyes deceive me? We don't have this in our big Bodrum supermarkets.

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    1. Luckily (for us) your eyes don't deceive you. We are very lucky to have such a store.

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    2. BtoB...I think we ought to take a trip over there one day!!

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    3. Would love to see you both. Come and stop over one day.

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  3. Do you know anywhere that has fresh coriander in Fethiye? We have never been able to find it and its great in salads.

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  4. We love fresh coriander too and grow it in our garden. I don't think I've seen it in the supermarkets in Fethiye. It is normally readily available from the markets. Fethiye has large produce markets on Tuesdays and Fridays,Calis on Sundays and in the Patlangıç area of Fethiye on Saturdays. Some of the smaller markets that sell veg & fruit also have it.Expect to pay 50 Kuruş for quite a sizeable bunch. We grow our own.

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  5. I've never seen it before in the market but maybe its because we normally come out in May or September and it could be seasonal. We will be there in a couple of weeks so hopefully we will manage to get some this year! Thanks Julie&Paul

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  6. I think this shop is up for sale, I hope the new owner is as good :-) He is a lovely guy, deserves regular business.

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    1. We have heard that too. I agree with you on both counts, but he will be a hard act to follow.

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  7. Hi there, staying in uzumlu 2 weeks in the summer - the supermarket looks just what we need! Where is there a "big" supermarket, locally, tesco type nearby please? Thanks

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  8. I mean tesco sized, not a tesco!

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  9. Hi, There are several supermarkets down in Fethiye. If you have a hire car the choice is yours. There is a big Migros on the road from Calis into Fethiye and a smaller one in town near the harbour. The other biggy is Kipa which is on the road into town from the village so is the best bet if you are on Dolmus as they will stop right there by request. Funnily enough Kipa is owned by Tescos. So your statement was not as ridiculous as you thought lol! I hope you have a wonderful holiday here, and if you need any help do not hesitate to contact us. Via our facebook page is easiest for a quick reply.

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    1. Many thanks - looking forward to July!

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  10. Looking for a bit of help. Some years ago we stayed with friends in a villa in Uzumlu and went to the Winehouse restaurant a couple of times. We thought that a small hotel/hostel was to one side of it and have trouble finding any information on it. Does anyone know what it might be called?

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    1. Hi, There has not been a hotel in Uzumlu for some time now. However, this year has seen a new hotel opening. Here is the link for their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/kozalakuzumlu?ref=br_tf. I have not been myself but friends have and it is supposed to be very nice. However, it is not in the village centre but set behind the village in the hillside (about a ten minute walk). Consequently it does offer fabulous views of the village. Also the new owners of the Winehouse plan to open a couple of rooms in the future and this will of course be right in the village centre, but this is more likely to be next year than this year. I hope this helps you.

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