Do you know what a “sari sari” store is? If you have ever been to the Philippines, I bet you know! If you have yet to visit the Philippines, though, maybe you don’t know what a sari sari store is.
Basically, a sari sari store is kind of a neighborhood convenience store. I would be that almost 100% of Filipino neighborhoods have at least one sari-sari store! Even most upscale neighborhoods have a sari-sari store! What I have noticed, though, is that if you live in the a more upscale neighborhood, the product selection at the sari-sari store varies a bit. For example, in some of the neighborhoods where we have lived, the sari-sari stores even carried diet coke, which is very rare. But, the neighborhood had a number of foreigner residents, and many foreigners drink diet sodas. so the sari-sari stores adapted their selection to earn some extra customers who might not have shopped there otherwise.
Most sari sari stores are little stores that are operated in front of the owner’s house, and serve maybe 100 or 200 meters of the street in the neighborhood before the next sari-sari store comes into play.
If you live in the Philippines, I bet that you will shop at a sari-sari store on a pretty regular basis.