We arrived an hour early for the wedding of a friend at the Iglesia ni Cristo church on Evangelista Street, Makati City so we decided to go to the Mini Stop branch nearby to get something to eat.
We expected the run of the mill convenience store with the usual fare you see in every branch but we were pleasantly surprised that the branch on Evangelista St. offers more than that.
First thing that we noticed was that they have cushioned chairs and the store has a cafe vibe going on. You would just want to stay there after buying your siopao asado and pineapple juice.
Another thing that set the branch apart is their salad bar, something that I saw for the first time in any convenience store here in the country. Unfortunately we arrived before the salad bar was ready for customers. The sales attendant said the salad bar opens at 10am. He also said that the salad bar is on consignment with Dizon Farms, a leading distributor of fruits and vegetables.
Creating your salad is as easy as:
1. Get a bowl
2. Pick your veggies, fruits & condiments
3. Choose your salad dressing
4. Have it weighed, Pay and enjoy!
The shelves are also well organized and filled with the standard convenience store items. We did not notice that the branch is actually within the building of the VIP Suite Apartelle, maybe that is why it is unlike the others I have been to. I wish all Mini Stop branches are like this. Hope to come back so I can finally try their salad bar. 🙂
Mini Stop – V.I.P. Suites
Evangelista cor. Calhoun Street, Makati City, NCR 1229, Philippines.