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Retail last week: Comment from 4 retailers on Saturday 17/08/2019

Published: 19th Aug 2019
Author: Tony Dickson - S&V Editor

"Not good. We're normally busy for about 4 days a month - from the 30th, when people get paid, and the first weekend after the 30th - usually the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The rest of the month is quiet, with upturns over weekends." - Suliman Hajat, manager, First Stop Store, Johannesburg, Gauteng, SA. Independent, 1 store, family outfitter.

"It's been very quiet. The month has been very quiet. I guess unemployment is the main problem." - N Harilal, proprietor, Fitwell Tailors & Outfitters, Newcastle, KZN, SA. Independent, 1 store, men's outfitter.

"A bit slow, and the month also. Certainly no fireworks. There's just a general slowdown. You can see there's less traffic as well. Malls would be busier because of convenience, and we had a second store in a mall, but we had to close it and move back to this store, where we've been for 61 years, because our father needed our help." - Rashe Daya, member, Florida Tailors, Johannesburg, Gauteng. Independent, 1 store, men's boutique.

"We've just switched over to spring/summer merchandise, so we've been on sale, and it's gone well because we're a destination store and we've got a following. In this environment, you've got to be on top of your game and offer something different. You can't just offer a lower price, because everyone's doing that. Our merchandise has a very European feel, and it's working for us. We've got a big following in Pretoria as well, and we're opening a second store - hopefully next weekend - in Menlyn Main Central Square. It's a fabulous store, very art deco." - Jianny Kechriotis, director, Freequency Footwear, Johannesburg, Gauteng, SA. Independent, 2 stores, predominantly women's boutique.

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