What are the items that I should bring with me because they’re not available (or are too expensive) where I am going?
Most items are available in Chennai.
Will anyone have particular trouble finding clothes that fit?
No. There are many places to shop and a wide range of clothing options for everyone.
What grocery stores do expats in your city shop at?
Supermarkets are smaller than in the West, but there are several good ones in Chennai, selling most varieties of processed and packaged foods available. Most are professionally managed stores that offer everything that one could possibly think of, including vegetables, fruits, grains, packaged food, ready-to-eat, frozen foods, meats and dairy products. You can buy cosmetics, soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, tissues, foil wrap, detergent, cleaners, bug sprays, etc. Most stores even carry a range of imported goods.
Where can other household items (such as cleaning materials and home furnishings) be found?
Each area in Chennai has at least one shop that caters to the requirements of expatriates. Many shops are well-stocked with brand-name products and furnishings familiar to expatriates. Nilgiris and Spencers, two popular retail store chains, stock most domestic requirements.
What are factors that might affect my shopping habits in this country/city?
You may sometimes not find the brands that you are used to back home. However, most well-known brands are available in India.
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