Thursday, September 23

Kolkata: Weekend footfall fuels turnaround hopes at malls

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During the weekend, malls in the city witnessed the highest footfall and sales so far since reopening in mid-June. Some of the malls have even witnessed footfall and sales of pre-pandemic level.
According to Sushil Mohta, the eastern region chairman of Shopping Centres Association of India (SCAI), footfall and sales soared this weekend largely due to the end-of-season sale and Friendship Day. “This Sunday was the best since the restrictions were lifted at most of the malls,” he said.
South City Mall vice-president Manmohan Bagree agreed with Mohta. “There are some restrictions now and but still, this weekend was the best so far. We had around 40,000 footfall on Sunday and on Saturday, it was 32,000. There were over 4,000 cars in the parking lot on Sunday and 3,500 on Saturday. We hope the next weekend would be better,” he said.

Acropolis Mall GM K Vijayan said: “It will be even better when the multiplex reopens on August 13.” According to him, the footfall stood at 15,000 on Sunday. “For us, the growth in footfall this weekend was 30%-40%. Acropolis had witnessed over 50,000 footfall this weekend. In our mall, 100% of the staffers are vaccinated,” he added. Acropolis has a capacity of 75,000 at a time. According to him, there was waiting in restaurants and food court on both Saturday and Sunday.

Quest Mall vice-president Sanjiv Mehra pointed out that the footfall was gradually getting better. “But it has not yet touched the pre-Covid level. But the numbers are encouraging,” he added.
Ambuja Neotia Group director Ramesh Pandey claimed the weekend footfall was even better than 2019. “The last weekend was exceptionally good for both our malls. The footfall in City Centre I has surpassed that of 2019 while at City Centre II, it is on par with 2019 figure. Also, the exam results are out so families are going out to celebrate,” he said. The footfall in City Centre I was 80,000 during the weekend and it was 65,00 at City Centre II.

Source: TimesofIndia

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