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Furniture, Grocery, Hardware and Appliance Shopping in Panama

07/06/2017

Source: Angloinfo

https://www.angloinfo.com/how-to/panama/panama-city/housing/setting-up-home/furnishing-a-home

 

Find out about the Panamanian chain stores that supply the basic furniture, home furnishings, white goods, electrical appliances and DIY for your home...

In Panama most stores follow generally standard hours, which are generally from 09:00 or 10:00 to 19:00 or 20:00 with some exceptions. Most stores are closed on Sundays and all holidays. 24-hour stores are rare and few stay open later than 20:00. Liquor cannot be bought in any store between the hours of 02:00 and 09:00.

What follows is a small selection of basic grocery, self-service furniture, appliance, office, health and beauty and DIY hardware chains stores in Panama. There is no guarantee that anyone will speak English, however some floor staff and most managers should, but once you have found what you need, very little basic Spanish is necessary to complete the transaction.

Look in the Yellow Pages or on the stores' own websites for the nearest branch.

Hypermarkets, Supermarkets and Superstores

Most stores offer a loyalty point system for customers to earn points to exchange for products.

  • PriceSmart: Californian store exported to Panama provides bulk, membership, discount shopping. Carries groceries, cleaning products, liquor, baked goods, produce, electronics, clothing, furniture, toiletries, appliances and seasonal goods. One store in Panama City, on Via Brasil
  • Riba Smith: Carries a wide range of imported products, but very few local goods. Carries its own store brand, but few other local brands. Full range of groceries with meat, bread, liquor, dry goods, frozen foods and dairy. Stores also have deli, fish and bakery counters as well as a pharmacy, plants and flowers. Online shopping available. E-Pago station on site
  • El Rey - The only 24 hour grocery store in Panama. Stocks few imported products, but has a large selection of local brands. General grocery with dry and frozen goods, liquor, meat, produce and dairy. Multi Pagos and En Linea stations on site. Many locations across Panama city
  • Super 99: Most widespread supermarket in Panama. General grocery with dry and frozen goods, liquor, meat, produce and dairy
  • El Machetazo: A full range store comparable to Wal-Mart in the U.S. Sells groceries, toiletries, games, toys, clothes and electronics. Many locations throughout the country
  • Super Xtra: General grocery store with dry and frozen goods, liquor, meat, produce and dairy
  • Mr. Precio: Small general grocery
  • Mega Depot: Non-membership bulk shopping out of a warehouse

Furniture and Appliance Shops

Most stores offer a loyalty point system for customers to earn points to exchange for products.

  • PriceSmart: Californian store exported to Panama provides bulk, membership, discount shopping. Carries groceries, cleaning products, liquor, baked goods, produce, electronics, clothing, furniture, toiletries, appliances and seasonal goods. One store in Panama City, on Via Brasil
  • Do It Center: General hardware, garden and appliance store. Sells bedroom and bathroom accessories, curtains and blinds, all types of kitchen appliance, dishware, organizational accessories, cleaning supplies and appliances, paint, some furniture, electrical accessories, lighting, plumbing, tools, construction supplies, gardening equipment, sports, fitness and exercise equipment, car goods, some pet supplies
  • Panafoto: Electrical goods store sells all types of household and kitchen appliances, car stereos, computers, cameras, media, TVs and electrical accessories
  • Audiofoto: Electrical goods store sells a wide range of household and kitchen appliances, as well as computers, cameras, home entertainment systems, TVs, mobile telephones and air conditioning systems
  • Emultimax: Electrical goods store sells household and kitchen appliances, computers, cameras, media, televisions, GPS systems, air conditioning and small electrical appliances
  • Conway: Department store offers a home section in some locations selling furniture for the whole house as well as accessories, rugs and decorations. A mid-price range store
  • La Onda: Department store with a selection of furniture and home goods as well as accessories, rugs and decorations. A low price range store
  • Furniture City: Large multi-level store with hundreds of pieces of furniture on display. A mid price range store
  • Econos Precios: Large budget furniture store with a range of furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom, office and outdoors
  • BBK Furniture: A high price range furniture store with a choice of furniture for the living room, dining room and children's bedrooms
  • Jamar: Colombian furniture company with several stores in Panama. A mid price range store

Building Materials, Hardware and DIY

Most stores offer a loyalty point system for customers to earn points to exchange for products.

  • Do It Center: General hardware, garden and appliance store. Sells bedroom and bathroom accessories, curtains and blinds, all types of kitchen appliance, dishware, organizational accessories, cleaning supplies and appliances, paint, some furniture, electrical accessories, lighting, plumbing, tools, construction supplies, gardening equipment, sports, fitness and exercise equipment, car goods and some pet supplies
  • Novey: General hardware store providing construction supplies, paint, gardening supplies, tools, home goods such as dishes, bed clothes and some furniture. Also sells outdoor recreational goods and toys, electrical equipment and plumbing accessories
  • Comasa: Hardware and building supply store with a selection of lumber, electrical supplies, paint, plumbing, tiles and roofing and tools
  • Cochez: Hardware and building supply store with lumber, flooring, roofing, tiling, tools, moldings, cement, concrete, doors, windows, electrical accessories, gardening supplies, paint, plumbing and auto accessories

Office Supplies and Stationery

  • Office Depot: General office supplies and paper. The store sells office furniture, computers, monitors, computer accessories, software, printers, scanners, telephones, PDAs, copiers and faxes
  • Gran Morrison: Some general office supplies available in this large department store. They often carry items that can't be found elsewhere, for example large format desk calendars
  • El Machetazo: Some general office supplies available in this large department store
  • Arrocha: For very basic office supplies such as pens, stationary and desk organizers. Many locations all over Panama City