Yes this is a “foreign” country, but not as foreign as you would think. If you feel better seeing familiar businesses here, if you are happy to get your favorite fast food, you will be just fine in Panama. Is this a good thing? I don’t know, but whatever it is, it is going on.
This is by no means a total list, just what we were able to photograph on a quick Sunday drive around our side of town. I’m sure there are more.
We have Pizza Hut down the street.
Blockbuster is next to it. Every Friday, rent 4 for $9.99
KFC is a big landmark, and unbelievably busy in the evenings.
If you don’t want to go to KFC, one of these guys will bring it to you.
We also have Domino’s, more than one in fact!
They will also send a guy on a motorcycle to bring you your pizza.
Cars? Yep, we have that covered too. Here’s Hyundai
Ford is nearby
Volkswagon is down the street
Even our neighborhood gas station has Mobil products
and Honda is across from Toyota
The large Toyota dealership
Don’t forget Mitsubishii and Suzuki
Hertz rental cars
Texaco – this was actually in Volcán, but they are in David as well
058 Conway is modeled after Target down to the logo. It is a very large and upscale store.
TGI Fridays, also in our neighborhood
Nissan, in front of the golden arches
Of course one must have McDonalds, so here is the second McD’s on the main highway
I’m not sure how I feel about so many America companies having a very large and visible presence here. I don’t think fast food is the healthiest. I’m not a big supporter of American consumerism. I also haven’t felt the need for the comforting familiar American business and food here. But, I didn’t eat at these places in the US either, and I’m not overly stuck on any brand of products. I can see though for someone looking at Panama, it feels much less like you will be doing without if you know all these businesses are easily available to you if you want them. I just hope we don’t negatively affect Panamanian behavior, health, or waistlines.
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