TEMPO Interactive, Purbalingga: Purbalingga Regent, Triyono Budi Sasongko, has refused to have the giant retail company Carrefour in Purbalingga.
“Carrefour asked for permission to open a branch at a former traditional market site. I rejected it,” he said after officially opening the modernized traditional market, Segamas, yesterday (1/6).
Triyono explained that giant retail company would remove small and medium entrepreneurs.
Therefore, investors that eliminate people's income should be rejected.
Triyono said that the rejection shows the government's protection for small and medium enterprises and so community-based economy can keep growing.
“The regency government has agreed to develop the community economy by modernizing the traditional market,” he said.
Triyono went on to say that the building of Segamas market replacing the old market was built in a modern way.
“The construction costs Rp25 billion,” said Triyono.
The regional government is not working with investors in renovating the market as investors would demand higher rental costs from traders.
“So it is all under the government except the contractor,” he said.
By having the market management under regency government, traders do not need to pay back the entire construction expenses.
“Based on our calculation, traders only return Rp7.9 billion in the form of service charges,” he said.
Meanwhile, Irawan Kadarman, Indonesian Carrefour's Corporate Affair Director, denied Carrefour's proposal to open branch in Purbalingga.
“We do not have a plan to open Carrefour in Purbalingga,” he told Tempo, yesterday (1/6).
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