City Eid shopping pacing up

Dhaka,  Thu,  29 June 2017
Published : 17 Jun 2017, 00:17:27
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City Eid shopping pacing up

Big rush of shoppers at malls and markets
Arafat Ara and Mohammed Wazed Ali


Eid sales are going on in full swing as different city shopping malls and markets are witnessing a big rush of shoppers ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr.

On Friday, traders in different shopping malls in New Market, Chandni Chowk, Elephant Road and Bashundhara City were seen busy with their customers as it was their high time of business.

But sellers expressed mixed reaction over their sales. Many of them told the FE that they are satisfied over their sales. But many others complained they are not getting enough customers.

"We have no time to give interview at this moment as it is the rush hour to receive customers," said sales persons at the Infinity and Ecstasy in Bashundhara City.

A sales person at the Infinity said in the last 10 days of Ramadan, their sales of festival wears and other items increase significantly. This year their business is also going on at satisfactory level, he said.

The fashion house sells women's, gent's and kid's wear and other accessories including cosmetics, footwear etc.   

A salesman at Rishan Boutiques in the same market  was in happy mood as he got a large number of customers Friday.

"Our sales have increased more than that of last year. We have got a record number of customers on the weekend," he said.

"I hope the sales will increase further after Iftar", he added  

The prices at his outlet are varying from Tk 1,450 to Tk 15,000 for each set of women's salwar kameez. He sells both imported and local wears.

The traders at Chandni Chowk and Elephant Road also are passing very busy time to meet huge shoppers' demand.

Jamal, a salesman of Faisal Fabrics at Chandni Chowk, said their sales went up from the beginning of Ramadan.

"As we sell unstitched salwar kameez, our festival sales started immediately after Shab-e-Barat," he said.

The price range of women's dresses at his outlet varies from Tk 1000 to Tk 3000 each set, he said.

Fashion-loving people also are purchasing jewellery items and footwear matching with their wear. So the sales of these products also are going well.

The owner of Riuli Cosmetics and Jewelry said his business picked up like last year. He has kept in his collection earring priced at Tk 100 to Tk 500 whereas a set of bangles costs Tk 200 to Tk 2,000.      

Meanwhile, many traders at Eastern Plaza, Karnaphuli Garden City and Mouchak market were seen passing leisure time as the Eid shopping did not get momentum there.

They claimed, customers now-a-days go for shopping at market places near their residences.

Besides, many people went to India this year to do their shopping as the neighbouring country has relaxed its visa system for Bangladeshis.

"A large number of shopping malls have been built in  different parts of the city. So our customers are decreasing day by day," said Shafiq, a trader who sells local and Indian sarees at Karnaphuli Garden City.   

A salesman of Icon Saree House at Mouchak market said he got only eight to nine customers from the morning to 12 o'clock on Friday.

 "I have kept in my collection gorgeous festival clothing items but I am not getting enough buyers," he said.

He also felt that people find it difficult to enter the market easily following construction work of the flyover. This is one of the main reasons for sluggish sales.  

On the other hand, hawkers mainly at New Market, Chandni Chowk and Gausia Market are deprived of Eid business this year as they have been evicted from footpaths.

Siddique, a makeshift shop owner, who was walking in front of Gausia market said like him, many other hawkers are passing time as vagabonds as they could not do any business.

"My income was Tk 5,000 to Tk 6,000 every day during Ramadan last year," he recalled.

"I am now empty-handed as I am not in position to do my business this year. Even I don't have money to buy something for my little girl child. So how will we celebrate Eid day?"   

But customers are getting some relief from unbearable crowd due to eviction of the footpath traders, said Abul Hossain, Sub-Inspector and in charge of the police control room at New Market.  

Hawkers will not be allowed for a single day in this area, he added.  

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