No rush to purchase back to school supplies
With the new school year set to commence in a matter of weeks, Barbadians do not appear to be rushing to stores as they normally would to purchase school uniforms and school supplies.
Some of the Bridgetown businesses to which Barbadians flock for such supplies are reporting slow sales, with some anticipating it will get busier in the coming weeks.
At one of the best-known department stores, Cave Shepherd, traffic among those seeking school supplies was slow.
“We haven’t seen the traditional rush that we have seen normally at this time of year,” Corporate Communications and Customer Service Manager Mark Anthony Thornehill told Barbados TODAY.
He attributed this to the fact that school would be on break for an additional week and “we are just out of Crop Over”.
However, Thornehill was confident that sales would pick up as the new school year drew closer.
Over at Brydens Stationary, Supervisor John Holder said business was down compared to the same period last year, but “that may be due to competition, but we are still holding on”.
“ Coming to the end of the holiday we usually see it pick up,” he said.
Fabric megastore Abeds also reported a decline.
“Sales have been mixed. Based on sales last year, sales this year have been much slower” Store Manager Suzette Layne said, adding that she was still hopeful that sales would pick up soon.
Managing Director of Woolworth Martin Bryan told Barbados TODAY his store was ready to handle the last minute shoppers.
“We have all of our stocks – school uniforms, socks (and) stationery. Once the customers come in we are ready to serve them,” he said.