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Call to open shops

Torika Tokalau
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

BUSINESSES have been asked to open this weekend to make up for the loss on Monday and Tuesday.

Fiji and Suva Retailers Association president Himmat Lodhia said the devastation caused by TC Evan was unfortunate.

"Monday and Tuesday were unofficial public holidays. We lost two important business days in the most important week leading up to Christmas," Mr Lodhia said.

He said the only thing business houses could do was to open their shops as soon as possible.

"People still need to shop, and with two days this week already disrupted by the cyclone, I think the best thing to do is to make use of the weekend and make up for lost time," he said.

"It would also give people a chance to shop, considering they will be cleaning up and trying to get their lives back to normal this week."

My Lodhia advised shop owners to keep their prices as low as possible and to be competitive with the quality of their products.

"We have to consider that everyone in the nation has been affected by this cyclone.

"Business is secondary where the entire nation is concerned," he said.

Yesterday Mr Lodhia confirmed several businesses around Suva had opened following the restoration of electricity by the FEA.

"Not all shops are open but it's good to see that some businesses are taking advantage of the power restoration and the good weather that we now have.

"There are people out today (yesterday) shopping but it's not the usual Christmas crowd that we have round about this time every year," Mr Lodhia said.