Christmas shopping is slow
The dynamism in sales is felt more when Christmas Eve dinner approaches. JORGE MARTÍNEZ
In Duarte, Mella, and Duarte avenues with Paris, the main commercial arteries of the National District, there is a timid attendance of the population to the shops, squares, and supermarkets.
A few days after the end of the second week of December, people remain “little motivated” to do their Christmas shopping.
This was expressed by store owners, supermarket employees, and informal merchants, who attribute the low sales levels to the fact that it is still “too early” for the population to go shopping.
As reported, the items that have primacy in buyers are Christmas decorations, clothing, and household items.
“People must be waiting to collect their royalties to come and consume,” said one of the customer service employees of one of the main stores on Avenida Mella, who also commented that despite the confinement and restrictive measures such as the Curfew, last year’s sales for these dates were higher compared to this year.
Despite not perceiving their crowded businesses, merchants remain hopeful that the outlook will improve for them over time.
As announced last weekend by the National Police, law enforcement officers conduct tours of downtown shopping areas and promote logistics to relieve vehicular traffic.
The peripheries of most of the squares and shops are reinforced with personnel from the administrative areas and specialized directorates such as the General Directorate of Traffic Safety and Land Transport (Digesett), Directorate of the School Police, the Tourist Police ( Politur), and the Ministry of Defense.
This security monitoring forms part of the “Christmas Operation” that involves the organizations mentioned above. In addition, the Mayor’s Office of the National District is also carrying out renovation and cleaning work in the busiest streets and commercial areas of the capital.