The Alandur metro station had a Cafe Coffee Day kiosk set up a year back. It still remains the only eatery in the metro station.
“We have been here for a year. This is the only shop here. We hardly have any sales, but we are expected to keep the store here as the government uses the lease payment for the maintenance of the station,” said Anita who is the salesperson at the small shop.
The eateries are not just at the entrance but also a few meters away from it, like the Ananda Bhawan near the Arumbakkam has been there for over two years. After the metro being built, part of the revenue was given to the CMRL for the improvement and expansion of the metro.
“Sales here has not been too high, but people sure are coming here more often as compared to pre-metro time. We have our outlets at Koyambedu and Vedapalani as well. We are aiming to open one at Alandur as well.”