Magasin General is a chain of retail stores in Tunisia, one of the largest in the country along with Carrefour (Carrefour) and Monoprix (Monopriks). For simplicity, Magasin General is called abbreviated - MG, later in this article we will do so.
Among all the retail stores in Tunisia, only MG has the right to sell all kinds of alcoholic beverages. It sells wine, beer, strong drinks, including national - fig leaf vodka and date liqueur tibarin. About them we told in the article " Alcohol in Tunisia ".
MG stores are in every resort city. MG - this is the largest network in Tunisia, if counted by the number of stores. At the moment (note: the article was published in 2017) there are already more than 80 of them. MG stores are in all provinces of the country and their large cities, with the exception of Tatuana.
Opening hours are from 8-00 to 20-00.
Not all MG sell alcohol. Usually, the sales area is divided into the grocery department and the alcohol department. In large MG there are still departments of household appliances. In some stores MG alcohol department simply does not.
On the Internet, they write that MG stores do not work on Saturdays and in Ramadan. This is not quite true. The stores themselves are working, but the alcohol departments are closed, and the grocery part always works.
Also on the Internet they write that MG is the only source of alcohol in Tunisia. It is not true.
Firstly, even if you arrived without All Inclusive, you can always go to the hotel bar and buy alcohol. Prices will be very high, do not be surprised at a price of 5 Tunisian dinars for a jar of beer 0.33L. The current exchange rate is shown in our article " Tunisian Dinar ".
Secondly, beer and wine are sold in other stores. For example, in the TC Ice Mall in Hammamet or in the hypermarket Carrefour in La Mars in the capital. Of course, tourists find it difficult to find such places and it's easier to find the nearest MG.
What to buy from alcohol
When you go to the alcohol department of MG, marvel at the abundance of beer, the store is more like a beer warehouse (in the photo below, click on the photo to enlarge). This is not surprising, the owners of local cafes and restaurants buy beer drawers. Many Tunisians drink beer, despite the religious ban.
Buying Tunisian beer and driving it home does not make sense, it does not shine with either taste or quality. Beer is bought by tourists, if they did not come to All Inclusive.
Tunisian wine is considered quality, tasty and inexpensive. Wine from Tunisia is exported to many countries, and even to France.
You can try the vodka of Bukh on All Inclusive. Try in the hotel bar, and if you like, go to MG, buy and drive home. But the date liquor tibarin in the system All Inclusive is almost never included, and in the bars of hotels it is often absent. You need to go to the MG for the Tibarin. About Tunisian gifts and souvenirs read in our article " What to bring from Tunisia ."
Imported cognac, whiskey, vodka, tequila in MG is, but the prices are terrible - 1,5-2 times higher than in Russian stores or Duty Free. If you want to drink alcohol in Tunisia, do not rely on MG, but take it with you or buy in Duty Free. On the norms of import read in our article " What can and can not be imported into Tunisia ".
Below, see the mini gallery of photos from MG at the port of El Kantaoui. In the photo you can see the situation of the store and see some prices for alcohol and other goods.
Interesting facts about Magasin General
The first store of the network opened in Tunis in 1883, this store was located on the Avenue de Franz in the capital. In 1905 the network was renamed into "Magasin General". Since then, new stores have opened, the network has changed hands, and after independence has actually been in the hands of the state. The authorities actively used the network to control and regulate prices. In 1988, the joint-stock company Magasin General was founded, which exists to this day.
An important event occurred in 2012 - the French company Auchan (Auchan) bought a 10% stake and began to actively participate in MG stores. Auchan company for a long time wanted to get on the Tunisian market, but they could not come by themselves, it was impossible to buy someone. At the entrance to Tunisia, Auchan took 19 years.
Improvements began almost immediately. The assortment on the shelves expanded, new stores began to open, the premises became cleaner and more convenient. MG has a logo and signs with this logo near each store (see the photo of this sign at the beginning of the article, click on the photo to enlarge). Until 2012, some stores did not have signage at all, tourists could not even find them.
Now it is a full-fledged large retail network with a turnover of about $ 500 million a year. In terms of sales, MG is ahead of Carrefour and Monopriks.
How to find MG stores on popular resorts
The easiest way is to sit in a taxi and tell the taxi driver the phrase "shop gineral." The location of the nearest MG is known to every taxi driver at each resort. The price of the trip will depend on the distance, about the prices read in our article " Taxi in Tunisia ".
It can be convenient to go to MG at the same time with sightseeing. In this case, tell where the resorts are MG stores.
Located next to the medina of Hammamet . Go from the "fountain with mermaids" along the wall of the medina, as soon as the wall is finished, there will be a large circle for the traffic. Go forward, in the next quarter on the left will be MG.
In the resort area of Yasmine Hammamet there is no MG store. Have to go to Hammamet. How to find, we told above.
Located next to the entrance to the port of El Kantaoui . This entrance is stylized under the medina gate, it can not be confused with anything (in the photo on the left, click on the photo to enlarge). If you stand directly in front of the entrance, you need to go to the right, after 50 meters there will be MG. You do not need to enter the port itself.
From the Great Mosque or Ribat, go to the port side. Go past the monument to the freedom fighters, to the right there will be a sea, in front of the building. The MG store is in the next block behind these buildings. In the city of Sousse there is also a second MG, but finding it yourself is very difficult.
On Djerba MG store is located in the capital of the island - the city of Houmt Souk. It is far from the tourist area or attractions. In any case, take a taxi, the taxi driver will show.
MG is located in the center of the city of Zarzis . A similar situation, far from hotels and tourist places. Take a taxi.
In Monastir MG is located right next to the Habib Bourguiba Mosque from the center of the medina, that is, from the opposite side of the sea.
In Mahdia, walk from the Black Gate along a large street. After 150 meters there will be MG.
We wish to find Magasin General without problems during your holiday in Tunisia, and read our other educational articles about this country ( links below ).