Shoprite Mansa Branch Manager Tolani Chibwe has disclosed that the store will restrict people from bulk buying during this year’s Black Friday.
Mrs Chibwe says the move is aimed at allowing many people benefit from buying selected goods at a reduced price adding that the move were some people to come to buy items in bulk of Black Friday and later resell at a high price does make sense.
In an interview with ZANIS in Mansa today, The Shoprite Mansa Branch Manager indicates that as Shoprite they have resolved to extend the period for this year’s Black Friday from one day to five days which will run from 25th November to 28th November 2020.
Mrs. Chibwe reveals that during this period the store will be opening at 07: 00 hours to 21: 00 hours except on Saturday where it will be opened at 10: 00 hours as it is the last Saturday of the month were everyone is expected to participate in the keep Zambia Clean, Green and Healthy campaign.
She says the move to extended the period of Black Friday has also been necessitated by the COVID-19 19 outbreak as large gatherings are discouraged.
Mrs. Chibwe indicates that as a store they will ensure that all Covid 19 guidelines are followed even as people come to take part in buying selected items at a reduced price.
The Manager has since assured customers not to panic as Shoprite has put in measures in place to ensure that products which are on promotion will not run out during the period of Black Friday.
And Residents in Mansa District have welcomed the move by Shoprite to extend the period for Black Friday saying this will help to reduce congestion.
Margret Chinyama says she has not been able to take part in the Black Friday as there are always a lot of people making it difficult for her to buy.
She points out that the move will not only enable people to buy things at a reduced price but also enable them to save money which they can use to buy other things considering that Christmas is just around the corner.
Another Mansa Resident Titus Mondo says this year’s black Friday will go a long way in helping many people who are struggling due to financial challenges as they will be able to buy items at reduced price.
Mr. Mondo observes that the country’s economy is not doing very well making it difficult for certain families to survive as they do not have enough money to spend.
Black Friday refers to the day after Thanksgiving and is symbolically seen as the start of the critical holiday shopping season.
Historically, Black Friday was also a day in 1869 in which the price of gold tanked and stock markets tumbled in response.