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Retail last week: Comment from 5 retailers on Saturday 03/08/2019

Published: 5th Aug 2019
Author: Tony Dickson - S&V Editor

"It's been okay, not too bad. The last 7 months have been tough, with weekends and month ends okay. Hopefully with Christmas coming up it will improve. We're giving it our best shot." - Sunil Valla, director, Famous Barr, Middelburg, Mpumalanga, SA. Independent, 3 stores, men's outfitter.

"It's been good. We've had quite a bit of Hajj trade, and they need specific sandals which expose the metatarsals. The year overall hasn't been as good as last year. Part of it is that the brands aren't holding as much stock as they were, and there are fewer specials." - Imran Lockhat, member, Famous Shoes, Durban, KZN, SA. Independent, 1 store, comfort and up-market brand specialist.

"Not too bad. Fashion has dropped around the country, but school wear keeps us going. If you keep your head above water, you're doing well." - Abdul Hajat, member, Fana's Outfitters, Bethlehem, Free State, SA. Independent, 2 stores, men's outfitter and school wear.

"It's been a bit slow, and a bad week because of all the violence between the police and foreign traders. The year so far has been fair." - Farid Noorbhai, proprietor, Farino Footwear, Lenasia, Gauteng, SA. Independent, women's comfort and evening footwear specialist.

"It's been a bit quiet for the past few months. We're in what was known as the heart of the town, but many of our traditional customers now go the mall, and the foreigners who come into town prefer cheaper footwear. Crime in town is also keeping people away. A problem for us is that there aren't other sites for us to move to. There's basically 1 shopping street in Brits, and 1 mall." - Mohammed Cassim, manager, Fashion Bazaar, Brits, NW Province. Independent, 1 store, family footwear and schoolwear.

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