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Retail last week: Comment from 5 retailers on Saturday 27/07/2019

Published: 29th Jul 2019
Author: Tony Dickson - S&V Editor

"It's been very quiet. Ladybrand as a whole is very quiet since the South African border post has been forcing Lesotho residents - who are the majority of the shoppers here - to queue for several hours every time they want to enter SA. Previously, they got a 6 month stamp in their passports. Footwear isn't a big part of our business, but we're having to look for cheaper merchandise." - Teresa Stockdale, partner, Euro Clothing, Ladybrand, Free State, SA. Independent, family outfitter.

"It's been steady. The last few months have seen an improvement, and now it's stable. We've been in business for about 45 years, selling exclusive, top end imported merchandise, and we never see a big dip - nor a big rise, unfortunately." - Paul Abrosie, director, The Executive, Johannesburg, Gauteng, SA. Independent, 1 store, men's outfitter.

"It's been very bad. We do mostly school wear, which is very seasonal. It's been a warm winter, and the sales of tracksuits and jerseys have been slow. School wear has been good for us over the years, and hopefully it will pick up again from November." - Raj Sukai, proprietor, Fair Price Store/Workwell Tailors, Port Shepstone, KZN, SA. Independent, 1 store, school wear and tailoring, including manufacturing of school uniforms.

"It's been quiet, but the rest of the month hasn't been so bad." - Famida Mohamed, partner, Fame, Matubatuba, KZN, SA. Independent, 1 store, men's outfitter.

"This week has been quiet, but the rest of the month hasn't been so bad, and overall we're doing well and can't complain. The Johannesburg Municipality has put up its lights and water rates, which I think has affected consumers. We import around 85% of our footwear now, which is sad. I'd rather it was the other way round, but we can't get the finish we want from most local factories. I don't think South Africa has the skills anymore." - Mohammed Bulbulia, member, Family Shoe Centre, Johannesburg, Gauteng, SA. Independent, 1 store, family footwear, mostly more expensive. 3rd generation owners of this store, founded in 1921.

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