Slow start to Sunday shopping

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Bridgetown.

And that’s because on Sunday some of the major stores in Broad Street and Swan Street opened their doors to customers –– from around 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. –– that they might begin or catch up on their Christmas shopping.

When a team from Barbados TODAY visited The City on Sunday afternoon, many a housewife, in some cases accompanied by their children, could be seen purchasing such items as curtains for the home or material to be used for things like cushion covers. Perhaps the largest number of these shoppers were upstairs Abed’s on Swan Street.

Sales clerk at Abed’s on Swan Street, Waple Watts, prepares to measure cushion covers for a customer.
Sales clerk at Abed’s on Swan Street, Waple Watts, prepares to measure cushion covers for a customer.
 Paula Allman (left) and Samantha Allman admiring Christmas tree decorations at Cave Shepherd  on Broad Street, The City
Paula Allman (left) and Samantha Allman admiring Christmas tree decorations at Cave Shepherd on Broad Street, The City.
Customers choosing curtains on High Street, the City.
Customers choosing curtains on High Street, the City.

Asked to comment on the outlook for the upcoming festive season during the current recession, managing director of Abed’s, Eddie Abed, said: “We at Abed’s are well stocked for Christmas and are hoping for a relatively good Christmas, bearing in mind that we have had some challenges this year with the economy and people being laid off. However, we are still being very hopeful.

“Sunday shopping is always a very special time. It signals that the Christmas season is on us. People look forward to it; they dress to come into Bridgetown with their families. This being the first Sunday, we have seen a lot of people looking, fewer people buying than we would like; but it is a very good sign.”

Stating that over the past 50 years of its existence Abed’s had been known for quality products, Abed told Barbados TODAY that the store had maintained high standards because it looked forward to retaining the service of the 100 people it currently employed, and by extension ensuring the well-being of 100 families.

“We work every year to give the very best products that we can and the very best pricing that we can. The feedback so far for the current Christmas season has been promising. The retailers in Barbados need a good Christmas. If you do not build fat at Christmas it is going to be virtually impossible to go through the lean times next year,” Abed explained.

Commenting on the first Sunday of Christmas shopping this year at Cave Shepherd on Broad Street, marketing co-ordinator Kim Tatem said: “It’s not the traffic that we would have expected at this time, but we understand that there are other things happening . . . . This is the first Sunday that we are open, so we expect that to change, come next week.

“Earlier in the day, we had a lot more traffic passing through the store. We opened from 11 a.m. today and we will close at 8 p.m. As the Christmas season moves on we are hoping that things will start to increase.

“Most of the customers are concentrating on the gift sets in the perfumery department . . . . They are also concentrating on the Christmas tree department and the jewellery department, Colombian Emeralds International, on the ground floor,” Tatem added.

 

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