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Supermarkets extend hours

Tevita Vuibau
Sunday, December 16, 2012

Some supermarkets will extend their shopping hours today to give last-minute shoppers a chance to stock up on provisions for Tropical Cyclone Evan.

Yesterday, Morris Hedstrom was one of the outlets that extended its opening hours.

"Some of our stores will be open until 10pm, and some until midnight just to give our shoppers the chance to get themselves ready for Cyclone Evan," Carpenters Group's marketing director Kunaseelan Sabaratnam said.

Newworld Limited human resources manager Ashok Nigania said the chain of supermarkets had seen people stocking up on items like candles, batteries and tinned food stuff.

"I was down in Ba this morning and people have started preparing themselves for Cyclone Evan, they were also stocking up on provisions like rice and other goods as well," he said. However, chief executive officer of the Shop N Save group of companies Kavishay Abhimannu said it was hard to differentiate between people buying provisions for TC Evan and those who were out Christmas shopping.

He added the supermarket had made provisions to ensure that frozen stock remained safe during the cyclone. "We have backup generators and these will ensure that the frozen foods at our 13 stores remain safe," he added.