Malls, shopping centers witness heavy rush during Eid holidays
KUWAIT CITY, May 18: Malls and shopping centers were bustling during the Eid Al-Fitr holidays as citizens and expatriates thronged to various establishments in different parts of the country, reports Al-Rai daily quoting sources from big companies. Sources said the opening of cinemas and allowing restaurants and beverage shops to provide delivery and takeaway services while prohibiting dine-in led to recovery of sales. Complexes like the Avenues, 360 and Marina malls witnessed 30 to 70 percent increase in the number of visitors, sources revealed.
Sources attributed this to the long vacation – five days, opening cinemas which show more than one movie per day, extending the working hours up to 7:00 pm during the holiday and allowing commercial establishments to open until 8:00 pm daily. This came after lifting the partial curfew as a measure to curb the spread of coronavirus, which lasted for more than 70 days.
Sources revealed the average spending per visitor ranged from KD 1 and KD 50 in many shops in the corridors of commercial complexes; while more than half of the visitors in the morning were women, and the youths came in the afternoon and evening. Sources added more than 70 percent of the payments were made through digital channels in line with the precautionary measures in place to curb the spread of coronavirus. Sources said the stores also limited the number of visitors – five customers for small spaces and between 15 to 20 people for larger stores, especially those selling clothes or accessories.