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Opening Your Whiskey Bar
By Jimi Morrisen

So you want to open up a bar, huh? Well, and this is coming from a bar owner himself, let me just say that it’s no easy task. Your immediate friends will not just show up at your place each and every night willing to pay for drinks and make your dream come true. Yeah, we’ve all thrown great parties over the years, but owning a bar means that you’ve got to throw those parties constantly. But seriously, you know this because at the end of the day, it’s your responsibility to pay your rent, your suppliers and your employees, not to mention the taxes, and other fees (let alone have a good time). So here’s my very condensed guide to opening a bar in China. Maybe one day, I’ll write a book on it.

First, you’ve got to make other people money, to the point where they can’t live without you, or to the point where they keep asking you why you don’t open your own bar. And those asking you can’t just be your average traveler having a good time at your events. It instead needs to be somebody with money. You’ve really got to make somebody extra rich before they think about making your dreams a reality. Unless of course you’ve got your own money, then skip this step.

When you make other people cash enough to fill their hot tub, they just might take it as a given. After all, they deserve the money they make no matter where it’s coming from, but there is that smart person out there, somewhere, that’s thinking about how to expand their empire, and who better to do it with than you, the person who made their money sinkhole into a waterfall?

When you think you’ve got somebody on the line, drop the notion that you’ve always wanted to start your own place but just don’t have the resources to do it. Plant the seed, and then go to work trying to find a place. Location, location, location. Blah, blah, blah. We’ve all heard that a million times, but the rule doesn’t necessarily apply here in China because ninety-five percent of your customers will take a taxi to your place, and who cares if they’ve got to spend an extra fiver on their cab fare? It’s a great idea to keep the place near the action but not necessarily smack dab in the middle of it. Cheap, cheap and cheaper as far as I’m concerned. You’re going to have to redo the place anyway, so the walls might as well be crumbling away as far as you care. As long as you’ve got the right to put in plumbing, you’re as good as gold. Having a place with no bathroom is a nightmare.

Alright, you’ve found this gem of a spot, just large enough but not too big, on the second floor of an old factory or a wet market (as long as it’s far away from residences). Remember that in many other countries, there are realistic expectations on opening up a bar. 25% of your expected annual revenue should go towards the rent/advertising. 25% of the same should go towards paying your staff and taxes, 25% should go towards paying your suppliers/utilities, and the last 25% should go towards your investors. That is assuming you’re making money, but you’ve got to do the reverse math when you think about paying your rent. I understand that the “normal” rules don’t necessarily apply here, but you’ve got to start somewhere. For example, you might be paying your staff a bit more than they would be getting paid in other tip-cultured countries, and your rent might be a bit lower, but those above numbers are good to keep in mind. Anyway, think about how much money you expect to make on a poor average day, divide that number by four, times that by 365, and there, you’ve got your annual expected rent. Let’s do a little math here:

Average daily revenue: 4,000RMB/day.
Average staff pay/taxes: 30,000RMB/month.
Average supplier bill/utilities: 30,000RMB/month.
Average investor return: 30,000RMB/month.
Rent: 30,000RMB/month.
Initial investment: 1,000,000RMB.

That seems about right now doesn’t it? The investor will be getting over 33% of their initial investment back each and every year. Sounds easy, no? Think again. Don’t by any means get to the rent bargaining table too soon with all of this because preparations take time, and each day you’re spending renovating the place takes away from your profit. So every step has to be made precisely. I personally would find a place that looks like it has no hope in hell of being rented, bring my investor there covertly, and start the process of convincing moneybags to start dishing out the dough. Then you can start ordering the furniture, buying the fixtures and getting things fabricated beforehand. One word for you out there: Taobao.

Now hopefully, you’ve either got some design/building sense yourself, or you know somebody who does and is willing to spend all of their extra time helping you. Let’s assume the former. You’ve peeked into the space you want to rent, so you’ve got a general idea of what you need, but of course, not everything. No need to worry because there’s nothing in there that a few extra workers including yourself can’t take care of. I’m going to say this again and again: Watch your budget! Yes, you want those leather chairs and barstools and that hand-carved stone bar, but it just doesn’t fit the budget. This isn’t some Starbucks that’s in the most expensive real estate in the city, so you only need a spot that’s more comfortable than somebody’s used to at home. Having said that, get a hold of the standard measurements for things like chairs, tables, bars and bar stools before you buy anything. The last thing you need is to have a table that’s too low – I’ve been in way too many places with those. Not everything on Taobao follows those standards. I certainly know that. You order everything including all of the extra refrigerators, freezers, locks for the storage and extra sturdy bathroom fixtures.

Ask any bar owner in China and they’ll tell you that glasses and ashtrays are running costs rather than fixed ones, and there’s a huge difference. People spend money at your place like you want them to, but the more cash they spend the drunker they get, so things, especially glasses and ash trays, tend to walk. Every bar owner would love to have etched mugs served with expensive beer in them, but this is simply not a reality. Avoid this at any expense. 

Now that your living room is full of everything from sinks to the welcome mat, it’s time to get that rent deal done and your licenses applied for, and don’t give me that “This is China” bull when it comes to getting your permits and licenses done. Every country has their own set of strange and incomprehensible laws when it comes to doing these things. Quit your whining and just get it done!

After you send in the most experienced bargainer you know to do the negotiations, your ten year (highly recommended) incrementally increasing rent deal is done. You’ve watched your budget and skipped getting the imported stuffed polar bear head. You’ve dotted all of your i’s and crossed all of your t’s on all of the permits, and you’ve had all of those people who have enjoyed your party making efforts over to help wash all of the floors and hang the moldings. You’ve got a week or two to hang your sign, order the liquor, hire your staff, make your menu with prices, train all of your staff and plan your opening party. You’ve done the party thing before, and you’ve got 500 or so WeChat contacts that’ll hopefully show up, so you think you’re set, but the battle has yet to begin.

Concerning your staff, hire people who you pay. Free employees are more often than not unreliable. Hire people who come on time and are friendly. Prepare them well, warning them that this will be one of the toughest jobs they’ve ever had, but don’t invest too much time on training them until they prove themselves on the job. The number of times I’ve spent tons of effort on employees who then pick up and leave kills me. I’ve washed the bar with my tears way too many times to count. In the end, your customers will forgive you when an employee messes up an order on their first visit, as long as they don’t make the same mistake time and time again. Pay them well and give them time off. There’s no need to compare your place to McDonald’s because you are not the biggest hamburger chain in the world, so forget the pay standard they set and follow the standard 25% bar pay rule that I mentioned above. When your business gets better, either pay your employees more or hire more staff.

When making your menu, make sure your prices are right. As long as you follow the 25% you pay to your supplier rule, this should be an easy thing to do. You simply mark everything up four times. If you’ve scored a very cheap place to rent or have saved tons of investment capital because you’ve put in tons of your own time, well then you can start by marking up your menu a little less to relieve any guilt you might feel. But don’t forget, it’s really hard to raise your prices once they are set. It’s easier, on the other hand, to give away some free drinks every now and then.

Now onto what people really come to a bar for: the booze. Ordering your liquor isn’t an easy thing to do, especially if you’ve got wine on the menu. I’ve seen owners taste twenty bottles of wine or so before they find a single bottle they like and feel they can sell at a reasonable price. Get stuff you like and would easily recommend to others, and get a wide range of prices. There’s nothing like having people walk into your bar only to find that everything is either too cheap for their sophisticated palate or too expensive for their budget.

What’s in a name? A bar by any other name would smell just as much like stale beer, right? Not necessarily. The name of your bar is obviously very important. Think of it as your child. You don’t want to name your child something that they’ll be made fun of in school for, no matter what language that school is conducted in. So ask your friends about a variety of names and see which ones fit. Nobody wants to walk into a place that translates into “poo bar” in Russian. In addition, you want to be unique, so look online to make sure that the name isn’t trademarked because though today you might only own one joint, that doesn’t mean that tomorrow you won’t have the biggest bar chain in the world.

So, you’ve got your sign up, you’re ready to go, and you want to have a big opening party. I highly recommend not hiring a very expensive DJ or ten piece band to help you have it. After all, it’s your job to bring the people in, isn’t it? Not only that, but you don’t want to have people coming to your place for the one-time event you’re having. You’ve got to do this on a daily basis in order to pay the bills. And don’t worry about having a few goose egg days at the start. That’ll just kill you.

Do your books on a very regular if not daily basis. It’s an easy thing to do when it’s not piled up, and it makes the investor happy when everything is clear. That way you can easily see what affects your business and when or if somebody is stealing from you. Also, often take pictures of your staff, your bar and your customers. It’s funny how time flies, and it’s great looking back when years pass. Though you can always do your books at a later date, though this is not recommended, pictures can never be taken of the past.

Also as a final note, I highly recommend broadening your horizons. Have a bar that welcomes everybody, old, young, rich, poor, man, woman, pretty and plain. In the cities we live in, there are not enough wealthy, sexy business women to open a cocktail bar that caters only to them. Now I’m not saying that you should serve every Joe, Dick and Sally, but I am saying that you should go with the flow and welcome everybody who’s willing to contribute to the very general atmosphere you’re trying to create.

And really last, but certainly not least. You now own a bar, but that doesn’t give you the right to do what you want. I’m talking to myself here. Just because you own the place, doesn’t mean that you can drink all you want whenever you want. So what, you’ve got the keys, and you get the booze for cheap. Drinking every day does nobody, including your business, any good. And a bar owner should never forget that this place of business is just that – a place of business, one that needs to pay the rent, the employees, the suppliers and the taxes. Just because you’ve followed all of the rules and are profiting from them doesn’t mean that you’re the king of your castle. It’s hard, and believe me I know more than most exactly how hard it is, but that doesn’t mean drinking yourself to near death is excusable by any means.

People will puke on your shoes, piss you off, money will disappear, employees will leave without notice, your landlord will try to increase your rent, liquor prices will go up, glasses will be stolen, chairs will be broken, fights will inevitably happen, but you should know that going into this business. It is not for the weak at heart by any means, and most people just fade away after a couple of years, but it’s definitely worth giving it a try. After all, sometimes putting your money where your mouth is has something to be said for it. At the end of the day, it’s better than sitting at home watching the tube day in and day out. Oh, the people you’ll meet, and the conversations you’ll have, the stories you’ll hear, not to mention all the laughs, they are what make it worth it in the end. Because it wasn’t the booze that got you started in this whole adventure, it was the people.  

*Note: This wasn’t the way that I did it, but if I were to do it a second time in a new location, it certainly would be, so until then please “show me the way to the next whiskey bar.”

Whiskey Bars in Hangzhou:


Joy Bar 酒隐
5 Haiguan Road 海关路5号, 136 6660 2871, 7pm - 2am
87 Nanshan Road 南山路87号, 158 2121 5580, 7pm - 3am

Kamakama Cocktail & Kitchen
104, 3rd Lane, Longxiangli, Zone B, Hubin InTime Mall, 255 Yan'an Road 延安路255号湖滨银泰B区龙翔里三弄104, 0571 8798 1819, 11am - 2am

Mill
77 Yile Road (close to West Wen’er Road) 益乐路77号(近文二西路), 0571 8891 2175, 1pm - 2am

Smoky Bar 醺
Room 1-3, 2/F, Building 32, Qingchun Fang, Dafuqing Lane 大福清巷青春坊32幢2楼1-3室 (嘉德广场旁), 0571 5613 9111, 7pm - 2am

Aurora Lounge
86 East Huancheng Road 环城东路86号(老浙大横路与环城东路交叉口), 0571 8580 3206, 7pm - 2am

H Lounge 西拉酒吧
7 Paomachang Lane 跑马场路7巷, 0571 8880 9701, 7pm - 2am

Mora Whisky & Cocktails 莫拉酒吧
145 Jiangnan Avenue, Binjiang 滨江江南大道145号, 137 3804 4196, 2pm - 2am

Xiang Lounge 響Lounge
1-3/F, Longhe International, 1961 Jianghui Road, Binjiang 滨江江晖路1961号隆和国际1-3楼, 0571 8887 7798 

 

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On this Harvest Moon: The Mid-Autumn Festival

This year the Mid-Autumn Festival, or Moon Festival, falls on September 13th. This is the 2nd most important festival in China, after the Chinese New Year/Spring Festival blow out extravaganza. The Mid-Autumn Festival is a harvest festival that coincides with the autumnal equinox and marks the end of the summer harvest season, and its date varies from year to year because the Chinese can’t seem to let go of the Lunar Calendar. Of course, they’ve seen silverware too, but Jerry Seinfeld already did that bit.

Like everything else here, the history of the Mid-Autumn Festival dates all the way back, 3,000 years, to the Shang Dynasty, when the powerful sorcerer Lo Pan broke the curse of immortality by marrying a girl with green eyes…no, wait, that was the plot to Big Trouble in Little China. Here’s the real one, according to legend (or, Wikipedia, if you want to be a jerk about it):

“Chang'e and her husband Houyi were immortals living in heaven. One day, the ten sons of the Jade Emperor transformed into ten suns and scorched the Earth. Having failed to order his sons to stop ruining the Earth, the Jade Emperor summoned Houyi for help. Houyi, using his legendary archery skills, shot down nine of the sons, but spared one son (who conveniently became the Sun). The Jade Emperor was obviously not pleased with Houyi's solution to save the Earth as it involved Houyi murdering nine of his sons. As punishment, the Jade Emperor banished Houyi and Chang'e to live as mere mortals on Earth.

Seeing how miserable Chang'e felt over her loss of immortality, Houyi decided to go on a long, perilous quest to find the pill of immortality so that the couple could become immortal again. At the end of his quest he met the Queen Mother of the West who agreed to give him the pill, but warned him that each person needs only half the pill to become immortal.

Houyi brought the pill home and stored it in a case. He warned Chang'e not to open the case and then left home for a while. Like every other woman in the history of the world, she didn’t listen. She opened up the case and found the pill just as Houyi was returning home. Nervous Houyi would catch her fiddling with the pill, she swallows the whole thing like a stooge and starts to float into the sky because of the overdose. Although Houyi could have used his wicked archery skills to shoot her and tether her down, he couldn’t bear to do it and Chang'e kept on floating until she landed on the moon.

Although Chang’e missed her husband dearly, she wasn’t alone. She did have company of a jade rabbit that manufactured elixirs, and that of the lumberjack Wu Gang. The lumberjack offended the gods in his attempt to achieve immortality and was therefore banished to the moon. Wu Gang was allowed to leave the moon if he could cut down a tree that grew there. The problem was that each time he chopped it down; it would instantly grow back, effectively condemning him to live on the moon for eternity. Gods are tricky that way.”

So to commemorate this story, as well as the end of the harvest season, people throughout China gather their families together to catch up while eating moon cakes (discussed in more detail later) and pomelo. They also light lanterns to adorn their homes, temples, and even the sky. This last kind of lantern, called a, “sky lantern,” is really quite cool. They’re basically an ornate box kite that’s lit with a candle, but when they’re launched, after night fall, they make for a beautiful, candlelit sky. Add to this luminescence that of the full round moon and you’ve got yourself the makings of one festive evening. It’s also the perfect occasion to pull out your old Neil Young albums (namely Harvest and Harvest Moon) and rock out.

Alternate Uses for Moon Cakes:

Let’s face it; the moon cake is the fruitcake of China. No one actually wants them (other than for re-gifting purposes). They’re just the gift you give people to let them know how little you care for them. For the person on the receiving end, it’s really a slap in the face. The giver of said crap cakes gets to slide by on the kindness of the gesture, while you’ve got to work up a smile, and pretend to appreciate what is in essence, an empty, backhanded act of passive aggression. Giving someone moon cakes is the same as saying, “I’ve nothing but contempt for you, but I do plan on knocking you up for a favor in the next couple weeks, so try not to choke.” But all’s not lost because moon cakes can serve many other functions besides pissing all over the definition of cake. So as those decorative boxes of banality from all your condescending know-nothing colleagues at work pile up in your home, don’t think about how drunk you’re going to have to get to choke them all down. Get creative. Think like Martha Stewart, or just keep reading and use some of the ideas we’ve come up with. It’s a good thing.

Stabilize that wobbly chair or coffee table

One of the nice things about a cake that’s got the density of a brake pad is that it can endure a sizeable amount of force without breaking apart. That makes it one of the best materials to use to support that bothersome short leg on your table, chair, or bar stool. It also won’t scuff up your hardwood floors.

Serves as a fantastic replacement puck for ice or street hockey

Thanks to the moon cakes stout, cylindrical design, (It’s called, yeast, you a-holes! It’s what makes baked goods fluffy and delicious. Stop living in the past.), it has, not only the same shape as a standard ice hockey puck, but also, almost, the exact same dimensions. So here’s what you do. Take a box of these abominations and throw them in the freezer for a couple hours while you gather the gang for a good old fashion game of street hockey, or take them down to the skating rink at the MixC Mall and have at it.

Give to the needy

This is just to prove our point that these shit snacks are universally reviled. Go up to a homeless person asking for money and give them a box of these bastards instead, and see if you don’t get pegged in the back of the head with one as gratitude for your selfless gesture.

Protect yourself from stray dogs

It’s late and you’re stumbling out of the bar after a few too many with your buddies. Your senses are impaired, as is your sense of direction. You find yourself alone, walking down a dark street when you spot a mongrel dog that has shown an interest in you. You’re too drunk to outrun it, and it’s the only thing between you and your warm bed. What do you do? You pull out the moon cakes that some jackanapes forced on you and you force them right into the dog’s mouth. Like peanut butter on their nose, this should keep it occupied for at least 10 minutes, giving you plenty of time to make a staggering escape.

Whip at motorists who don't obey the traffic laws

How many times have you been on your bike, or in a taxi, and you’ve almost been killed by some motorist who thinks the rules don’t apply to them? If you’ve been here a week it’s happened at least once. Don’t lie to us. Of course, you want to throw something at them, but all you have handy is your cell phone and/or wallet and, obviously, you can’t throw those. Moon cakes combine the heft of a billiard ball with the softness of a dessert you’d still pass on in a hostage situation. You make your point, no damage to the target’s car, but the message was received. Everyone wins.

Earmuffs in the winter

Get creative this winter and be the first one on your block to chase away the chills with some homemade, moon cake earmuffs. All you need is a needle, some decorative, elastic yarn, 2 moon cakes (one for each ear) and a microwave. Cut 5 lengths of yarn at a measure of one and half times the circumference of your head. Work the yarn through the moon cakes laterally (through the sides). Adjust the position of the cakes so that each one rests comfortably over each ear, with your lengths of yarn going around your head like a sweat band. When you’ve got them positioned how you like them, tie the ends of your yarn together to ensure a snug fit around your cabeza. When you’re ready to hit the town, throw your stylish new earmuffs in the microwave for 30 seconds and prepare to laugh derisively at Old Man Winter.

Haze the new guy

Like snake wine and unicycles, moon cakes serve no purpose. They do, however, work well for gags, especially when the new guy in your office starts getting a little too big for his britches. Knock him down a peg, and remind him of his place by challenging his manhood with a moon cake eating contest. Basically, you just tell him that it’s a rite of passage we’ve all gone through and if he can’t eat 10 moon cakes in 10 minutes, no one will respect him. Whether or not he finishes them is beside the point. The point is, no one else is going to eat these things and they’re starting to take up space.

And there you have it. Seven great ways to get rid of your moon cakes, when re-gifting is simply not an option, but by no means, are these the only ways. Get creative and think up some yourself. You like building models? Build yourself a 1/10 scale trebuchet and see how far you can wing them. Or give them to kids. They’ll put anything in their mouths. Happy Mid-Autumn Festival, everybody!

2019 Qiantang River Tidal Bore and Surfing Competition

Qiantang River tidal bore is one the largest tidal bores in the world which reaches the most spectacular on the eighteenth day of the eight month on Chinese lunar calendar. To watch the 9-meter tidal waves, you can choose the best locations in Haining city, about 50 kilometers from Hangzhou.

2019 Qiantang River International Surfing Competition will be held from Sept.11th to 16th, during which the Qiantang River tides are surging frighteningly high in the year.

Opening ceremony (about 40 minutes)

Time: 3:30pm - 4:10pm, September 12th
Location: Qiantang Farm 钱唐农园 (江干区5号港路)

Qiantang River International Surfing Competition (4 days)

Time: September 13th - 16th (13th-15th: preliminaries, 16th: finals and closing ceremony).
Venue: Qianjiang No.9 Bridge to No.1 Bridge (Qiantang River Bridge) 钱江九桥至钱江一桥(钱塘江大桥)

Closing Ceremony Location: Qiantang Farm 钱唐农园 (江干区5号港路)

Teams: 9 teams (China, Australia, Spain, South Africa, Brazil, California, France, Indonesia and Puerto Rico)
Prize: 200,000RMB

Surfing Carnival (5 days)

Time: 10:30am - 4:30pm, September 12th - 16th
Location: Qiantang Farm 钱唐农园 (江干区5号港路)

What to expect: There will be four surf theme carnival activities: water rafting, surfing pool, surfing culture exhibition, surfing board teaching, as well as magical spider wall, frisbee, bowling and many other activities.

Qiantang Music Festival (1 day)

Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Saturday, September 14th
Location: Garden Lawn at Qiantang Farm 钱唐农园大草坪 (江干区5号港路)

The referee of Qiantang River International Surfing Competition, Peter Towndend is the first World Surfing Champion and the former coach of China National Surfing Team.

Nine teams from home and abroad will surf on the so-called “Silver Tides” from Sept. 13th to 16th. World top surfers, Dean Morrison, Eneko Acero, Kyle McGeary and Made Garut Widiarta will participate in the event.

Dean Morrison, who is the champion of Australia and European Division of World Men's Shortboard Surfing Championship Tour. He is one of the most celebrated Australian surfers of the modern era, finishing a career best ninth in 2007. In the water Dean is a pocket dynamo, known for his compact, fluid style and sublime cutback. On land his humility and good nature ensure he is the kind of pro surfer who is approachable for people from all walks of life.

Eneko Acero, one of the most important and influential surfers of Spain and Europe. At that time it was just him on a worldwide tour with surfers from all over the place but his hometown/country. Still today, Eneko is surfing in a daily basis, manages a team of an international brand and of course proudly holds the surname Acero, a surfing family you might heard of from him, his older brother Iker Acero or the charismatic Kepa Acero.

Kyle McGeary, Team (NSSA) champion surfer, he is an underground local surfer from Huntington Beach, California. "Never heard of Kyle? Then you probably don't surf the pier, because if you did, you'd see him hucking big rotators everyday."

Made Garut Widiarta, born and raised in Kuta he started surfing at the age of 9 at his home break Half Ways, Garut is one of the most recognizable Indonesian surfers in the world and he has received more high profile attention in the media than any Indonesian surfer since Rizal Tanjung. Is name is I Made Widiarta a.k.a Garut.

The top local surfers will also participate on behalf of Chinese National Surfing Team. Surfing in the Qiantang River has only been allowed since 2008. During the competition, surfers will follow the tidal bore in motorboats and jet skis, and then take turns riding the waves.

Surfing will be included in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. The inclusion has given a boost to the sport in China, where it remains relatively new.

Hangzhou government hopes the competition can further promote the sport among citizens, especially the youth.

The competition will be broadcast nationwide by China Central Television.

HIS Welcome Back BBQ Party, A Great Event For The HIS Community!

On Saturday, September 7th, 2019, Hangzhou International School held their Annual Welcome Back Barbecue and once again gathered the HIS community, parents, students and teachers, they had an opportunity to welcome the new families and to catch up with the old friends while enjoying themselves, the tasty food, and the activities provided.

MORE’s editor Loren was fortunately enough to be invited, while it was initially a little foreign to him—not having kids going to the school, not being a Binjiang-er—his years of being in Hangzhou felt like they finally paid off, and he bumped into a good cross-section of international folk he has known for a while now.

The food was predictably excellent, with burgers from returning favorite Slim’s one of the queues we had to try, but also present was the Indian faire from Pita’s and Tika’s and pizza from Angelo’s.

The kids had a great time too, with musical and dance performances, face painting and candy.

We had a great time talking to some new and returning teachers, eager to get the new school year fully underway, and had a great time talking about the crafts of teaching and parenting, as well as the sense of community that HIS brings to its families and faculty who come together from more than 50 nations to make events like this fun and engaging. We are looking forward to continue having a great school year!

Hello, Hangzhou! Epermarket is Now Delivering 7x a Week!

Looking for fresh and imported products from a source you can trust? Why not take advantage of Epermarket’s new and improved delivery service (now upgraded from 3 days to 7 days a week)? When ordering online, you can pick all the high-quality items you love and have them delivered to your door at on a day that suits you!

If you’re not available at a specific time of the day when your order arrives, you can always select, “Leave my Order at the Door” option, so you can feel safe in the knowledge that your fresh and frozen items will be carefully stored for you in cooler and carton boxes upon your arrival.

Ordering online at Epermarket couldn’t be easier—they have a wide range of hard-to-find products to choose from. Did we mention they have over 5000 imported products as well? And all their fresh groceries are packed on the day they are delivered, so you can be assured of the best quality hand-picked items.

What else is new at Epermarket?

Their Wine Fair promotion! This exclusive wine sale is coming up and will include classic beverages from some of the finest wine regions in the world. From Chablis to Prosecco and Rosé, you can find over 100 wines to dive into and enjoy in the comfort of your home. These wines will be on sale from up to 40% off, starting from September 10th, so keep your eyes peeled for more at www.epermarket.com.

New to Epermarket? Simply scan the QR code to register and get 50RMB off your first order! 

Offer is valid until Friday, the 13th September.

Find out more about other promotions when you visit their website Epermarket.com!

The idea behind Epermarket has always been simple: a place for internationals to buy the food they love, from a source they can trust. They place quality and safety first, with all products curated by professionals, all passionate about food and living a healthy life. Whether you are looking for fresh fruit and organic vegetables, pantry favorites or even home care products, Epermarket has everything you need.

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