LOOK: No Black Friday frenzy at Durban’s biggest mall

By Jolene Marriah-Maharaj Time of article published Nov 27, 2020

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Durban – There was no Black Friday shopping frenzy at Gateway Theatre of Shopping by 10am.

It looked like a normal day at the mall, according to Independent Newspaper photographer Zanele Zulu.

“Normally it is always packed and shops crowded on Black Friday, but the decline could be because of Covid-19.

“It’s very quiet today. Centre management also said their Fridays and month-ends are busier than this.

No queues outside Checkers. Picture: Zanele Zulu

“Only a few shops like Zara have people waiting in queues. This is because they are only allowing a certain number of people inside the shop at a time in line with Covid-19 regulations.”

Zulu said there were no queue outside the big stores like Checkers, Spar and Game.

According to the photographer, it looked like a normal day at the mall. Picture: Zanele Zulu

Speaking to a worker at Makro in Galleria, who preferred to remain anonymous, there were no queues.

“I think it is because we have been running these specials for a week now, so there has been no rush for people to come into the store.”

Another shopper said she was able to make a quick dash to the shops without any hassle.

“I left home just before 10am and was in and out in less than an hour. I went to about three shops and managed to get everything I needed. I found parking without a struggle and there were no queues at all,” the woman said.

She added that she had asked staff at some of the stores how come the mall was so quiet.

“Most of the bigger retailers have had sales throughout the month of November in anticipation of Black Friday so people could shop at leisure. We are expecting it to get a bit busier in the afternoon but nothing too hectic,” a staffer said.


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