Traders look forward for brisk business
Shop owners and payment hawkers in Colombo and the suburbs said they
were expecting brisk business during the next few days due to the
peaceful atmosphere in the city.
Several shop owners said that almost all shops and temporary business
stalls in Pettah, Borella, Kollupitiya, Town Hall, Rajagiriya, Dehiwela
and Maradana will be kept open till late at night for the public to do
their last minute shopping.
Gamini Saparamadu, a vendor of musical instruments in Malwatta Road
said the peaceful environment in the city will assist them to keep their
shops open until 10.00 pm.
L. H. Sumanapala, a shop owner in Borella said that bulk orders for
garments and toys were received by him from the Eastern province after
Sudeer Ramalingam, a shop owner in Wellawatte said that when there
are no bomb explosions, many traders keep their shops open till late
A manager of a popular textile shop in Bambalapitiya said their daily
turnover exceeds Rs. 6 million.
Businessmen in Dehiwala, Wattala, Mt. Lavinia and Moratuwa said their
daily turnover during this new year period improved tremendously
compared to the past several years.
People said that the tight security and peaceful atmosphere
prevailing in the country helped them to do their shopping without any
Traders at the Colombo Manning market and St. John's fish market also
said that brisk business is expected during the next few days.
They said the peaceful atmosphere will help customers to shop in
Colombo and receive upcountry vegetable supplies.
Managers of several cinema halls outside the city said steps will be
taken to screen more shows during the festive season.
Meanwhile, a senior Transport Ministry official said that 220
additional buses will be deployed from Colombo to the outstations during
the festive season.