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Russian equivalent of US stores
January 18, 2010 8:49 AM   Subscribe

Can anyone suggest Russian equivalent of...

Trader Joe's, Whole Foods (basically I'm looking for a store that sells mostly organic food), Costco, amazon.com, newegg.com, Netflix, Macy's, Marks and Spencer, Best Buy, Barnes and Noble, Sears, Home Depot, and (of course) Wal-mart (especially in Moscow)?
As a side note, I actually asked this question before for Australia. Now it is the Russian edition.

Thank you!
posted by caelumluna to Shopping (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Off the top of my head, MaxiDom is kind of like Home Depot, with some more Wal-Mart/Target-type stuff thrown in. (Here is the page about what they sell, with pictures.) Unfortunately it looks like it is only in St. Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod.
posted by posadnitsa at 9:24 AM on January 18, 2010


Barnes and Noble = Snark?
posted by kitcat at 9:55 AM on January 18, 2010


The Russian equivalent of Amazon seems to be the derivatively-named ozon.ru (Russia's largest online retailer, according to Wikipedia).
posted by AnimalKing at 10:11 AM on January 18, 2010


"Russia’s St. Petersburg Times reports that the city’s three key retail book chains—Snark, Bukva, and Bukvoyed..." link to article here

As no one has corrected my suggestion for Barnes and Noble equivalents, here's a quote naming two more chains. I do remember Snark fondly from my time in St. Petersburg.
posted by kitcat at 2:43 PM on January 18, 2010


Without thinking too much about it, I'd say Azbuka Vkusa for the up-class supermarket, Bukvoed for the Barnes & Noble equivalent, and El Dorado for Best Buy.
posted by trouserlouse at 6:27 PM on January 18, 2010


After a little more thought, I would add that Macy's might be Stockmann, a Finnish department store with branches in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
posted by posadnitsa at 3:31 PM on January 20, 2010


Try Media Markt for a Best Buy/consumer electronics store. They're a German company with stores throughout Europe, including Russia - Moscow, Rostov-on-Don, St. Petersburg, etc.
posted by etoile at 7:46 PM on January 23, 2010


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