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Monday, November 29, 2021

Manitoba retail stores ready to sleigh this holiday season

Key takeaways:

  • During the third wave of the COVID-19 outbreak, non-essential commodities such as televisions, clothing, and even toys were sealed with yellow tape.
  • According to the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, the holiday season is one of the busiest times for shops. 

Both buyers and business owners are anticipating a very different holiday season this year.

Non-essential commodities such as televisions, clothing, and even toys were shut up with yellow tape during the COVID-19 pandemic’s third wave, preventing Manitoba customers from buying holiday gifts.

After a year, the yellow tape has been removed, and merchants like Adam Loszchuk, General Manager of Advanced Electronics, welcome shoppers back this season.

Loszchuk says, “Obviously, it’s a lot better now that we can see people, people can see the product, touch the product, see what’s new, that kind of stuff.”

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“Even with the current snowstorm, we’ve had quite a few people in the store again because of last year’s closure,” he added. “We’re certainly exceeding expectations.”

According to the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, the holiday season is one of the busiest times for shops. Many people believe that this time of year is bad for business owners.

Kari England, the owner of Toad Hall Toys, was forced to close in-person shopping last season as well, but she says she’s hoping this year will make up for it.

“Some of the last-minute pick-ups were the things I lost out on last year,” England admits.

“Every time I go into a store to get milk, I come out with seven other items, and I didn’t have that.”

While England is not anxious about people visiting this year, she is concerned about stock shortages.

“I recently received a cargo that I ordered in June… I didn’t get it all, but I did get some of it.”

Manitoba retail stores ready to sleigh this holiday season

Store owners in Winnipeg’s Chambers of Commerce are reporting higher customer volumes already, raising concerns about supplies later in the holiday shopping season.

Meanwhile, Donna Anderson, the owner of Peepers Swimwear, says she has another concern about supply chain difficulties.

“I have a lot of regular customers that travel in the winter, and as the fall came, I asked everyone whether they were planning to travel in the winter?” And a lot of individuals replied yeah, most likely or possibly,” Anderson says.

Although business was thriving this summer, she says she is nonetheless on edge this winter.

“That’s the whole pandemic; it’s a day-to-day situation.” Winter is our busiest season; it may seem counterintuitive, but January is our busiest month.”

Borders have reopened this winter, which she believes is a good thing for her swimsuit company.

“However, the snowfall is usually pleasant. When the weather turns chilly, people want to go out of Manitoba.”

Source: Global News

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