Businesses enjoy brisk sales

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

BUSINESS premises in the capital enjoyed brisk sales yesterday as Bandar Seri Begawan came to life with the Bandarku Ceria initiative attracting hundreds of people.

Zoraida Moralde Eduave, manager of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf branch in Bandar said that it saw an increase of 60 per cent in weekend sales as more customers walked in yesterday morning on account of the car-free day event.

“The event is really something beneficial for us because usually Sundays here are very quiet, but now it has actually helped (boost) our sales,” she said.

She added that the busiest hours yesterday was around 7am to 10am with students and families making up the most of their customers.

Other businesses in the area also lauded the government’s initiative and gave positive feedback on the event as it can help enliven the weekend atmosphere in the capital.

Derman Acutina De Guzman who has been working at the capital’s Eastern Watch Dealers for 22 years said that the event gave life to the area.

“Many tourists usually come here asking why the area is like a ghost town even on the weekends. But now, the town is alive with activities. People are cycling and walking everywhere. Hopefully it will become livelier and attract more people and tourists to visit various shops here,” he said.

Meanwhile, supervisor of Ahbab Trading Company said that the ongoing festivities at the heart of the capital yesterday did little to change the company’s earnings.

“We saw more people outside (the shop) today but they did not come in. But I still think the event is a good initiative by the government to enliven the city as it can attract more potential customers,” Abdul Kalam Mohd Idrees said.

He added that with the event held every Sunday in the future, he hopes more Bruneians will be visiting the shop whose customers mainly comprise foreign workers.

The Brunei Times