Makro, Metro or Hyperstar?

There was a time when there was just one shopping mall in Lahore that was Pace then HKB and other malls hit Lahore but none of them were on idea of true shopping experience.

Makro, Metro and Hyperstar are “IN” these days, so its time to discuss and time to see which one of them is going to become history and which one gona take market share.

Start with Metro:

– Two Metros in Lahore and strangely both are outside Lahore. One at Thokar and other Near Airport. Always.
– Most of Checkout Counters are always closed.
– Confused Price tags on Shelves, Usually Prices are different than on tags.
– Lifters will always irritate you while shopping.
– Minimum shopping of Rs 2000.  Bad Idea if you want to buy few things for yourself.
– Membership Required – You cannot shop or even enter Metro without piece of plastic.
– Whatever you need buy in bulk (in most cases)
– Poorly managed shelves, if any product is out of stock another product is placed “without” changing Tags and prices on shelves.


– Within People’s Access, Branches are within cities and at prime locations like Link Road Modal Town.
– Minimum Shopping of Rs 500 and can get a membership card easily and can even shop without card.
– Lowest prices of parishable, eatables and other goods as compared to others. I personally found it cheaper.

Carrefour’s Hyperstar:

– Backed by world’s greatest stores chain Carrefour. Operating in every continent of world with Carrefour, Hypermart and Hyperstar brands.
– Pakistan’s Largest Shopping Place soon to be open in Karachi. You will get everything.
– No Shopping Limit No Membership Required. Buy Even a Candy.
– Prices are higher than Makro but cheaper than Metro (In most cases)
– Located at Fortress, an easy access to it as compared to Metro
– You can find lots of imported items there, i expect soon they will introduce their in-house Carrefour products.
– Fastest Checkout counters as compared to Makro and Metro.
– You will find a huge crowd of people at Hypermart on weekends and less people out of them will be there actually for shopping.
– No Minimum Quantity limits on most of the items
– Large number of promotions running than Makro and Metro.
– Just one price for every product, no before and after tax confusion
– Properly managed shelves unlike others Out of Stock Items are mentioned.

Review Based on my own experiences, price comparisons and observations. If you have a different shopping experience with them do share with us.

8 Replies to “Makro, Metro or Hyperstar?”

  1. I totally agree, but you forgot to mention one point of Metro. Families cannot shop there as they donot allow children younger than 10 years. WHich is their main drawback.

  2. Thank you Yasir for your Addition, There are lots of things which i have missed. I’ll Update the post or leave it on you people to point out 🙂

  3. Yes off course METRO Cash ‘& Carry is a nice place for shopping. It just a whole sale center and offering good facilities for the shopkeepers as well as end consumer I like the bane of children in store

  4. I guess hyper star is cheaper than makro , because i compare 4,5 item prices, and found hyperstyar cheaper, whereas i thought it would be expensive , because of its location.
    dont know if other agree, because as you said above, you found hyperstar expensive.

  5. jiske ghar bachay hon kya usay shopping ka haqnahi???? saaalay angraiz tharkiyon ne banaya hoga,,,magar woh bhool gaye keh woh bhi kabhi bachay thay aur agar unke sath yeh hota toh aaj woh kachray k dabbay mein parday hotay !!! ammmmmmmiiiiiiiiiii 🙁

  6. All these three have contributed towards changing the shopping trend. Shopping has become a family activity – families visit even for window shopping. I had a chance to visit Metro (Thokar branch), Macro (both at Ravi Rd and Model Town Link Rd) and Hyperstar.

    Out of these of course the biggest one is Hyperstar – it is more packed with people as well as items, despite of its big size it appears not too much spacious. Both MACRO & METRO seems much spacious – while shopping you feel sense of wastness – while in hyperstar a feeling of suffocation (not in their lobies though)

    Entry point and Exit points always create a confusion particularly at Hyperstar and to some extent at Macro – METRO in this regard is very systematic.

    Regarding prices I can’t say for sure which one is cheaper.

  7. can u tell me please the globalization of hyperstar? why this shopping mall was gaobalized? and the histoty of hyperstar relevant to entry in pakistan?
    thank you so much.

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