Tashkin city, capital of Uzbekistan, has the third largest supermarket market in the world, according to the online market research company e-commerce site Ookla.
The country is one of the world’s largest exporters of goods, with a population of just under 5.5 million.
However, it has not yet become a destination for shopping as the country struggles with an economy on the verge of collapse, and with the country’s main trading partner, Russia, embroiled in the ongoing conflict in the Donbas.
Tashkina, capital and largest city of the Central Asian country, has seen a rise in traffic over the past year due to the arrival of large groups of tourists.
The local government, which controls the market, said in a statement that it is “working to ensure that all residents and visitors can shop freely” and that it plans to introduce the first “market shopping” hours in Tasha-Ogir area.
The city is currently undergoing a transformation, with the construction of a new metro system and a shopping center.