The shopping spree has reached its peak in the capital as the city dwellers were flocking to shopping malls on Saturday as the festival of Eid is barely a week away.
Huge crowd was seen at different shopping malls, roadside shops and footpath markets in the capital on Saturday as people from all walks of life were thronging there to make the best out of their shopping spree for celebrating the Eid festivity.
“Most of the shoppers flock to the shopping malls on the weekend ahead of Eid, but rain barred many people from going out for shopping this Friday. So, they are visiting the markets on Saturday,” said Shah Alam Khandkar, organizing secretary general of Bangladesh Shop Owners Association.
People were buying clothes and footwear in New Market, Science Lab, Farmgate and Gulistan areas mostly from the hawkers sitting on the sidewalks.
Rafiqul Islam, a private service holder who was visiting the Gausia Supermarket with his family member, told daily sun they will leave for their village home on July 15, so Saturday was the last holiday before their Eid travel.
Traffic around the shopping malls on this weekly holiday was terrible and the traffic system towards the shopping malls virtually collapsed from the afternoon.
Salesmen were busy to satisfy customers with their best products while some customers complained about high prices of different items. Roadside vendors were also seen making brisk business ahead of Eid.
Posh shopping malls including Bashundhara Shopping Complex, Jamuna Future Park, Shoppers World, Karnaphuli Garden City, Chandni Chawk, Farmview Super Market, Palwell Super Market,Eastern Plaza, Eastern Plus, Bailey Road, Twin Towers, Bishal Centres, Rapa Plaza, Mohammadpur Super Market, Amir Complex and Fortune Shopping Mall witnessed huge rush of shoppers on Saturday.
Men and boys were seen busy in buying Panjabis, T-shirts and formal shirts from different brand shops including Plus Point, Texmart, Ecstasy, Cats Eye, Lubnan, Yellow, Arong, Anjans, Dorjibari, Westecs, Banglar Mela, Probortana, Sadakalo, Kay Kraft, Deshal, Deshi Dosh, Infinity, Rang, Nitto Upohar and Nagordola.
A salesman at Bashundhara Shopping Mall told daily sun that like previous year, Indian sari and salwar kamiz were dominating this year’s Eid market. “Customers also prefer saris and salwar kamiz named after different popular characters of Indian drama serials,” he said.
People were seen choosing shoes from different shoe outlets, including Bata, Apex, Jennys, Orion and Bay emporium.
Rabeya Ashrafi, who came to Bashundhara Shopping mall with family member, told daily sun they wanted to finish their Eid shopping on Saturday as they will be leaving the capital for their village home on Tuesday.
Some people were busy in buying jewellery, optical, perfumes, electronics and home decorative items.
Shah Alam Khandkar, organizing secretary general of Bangladesh Shop Owners Association, told daily sun that sales were poor until mid-Ramadan, but the shopping spree is gaining momentum in the last few days.
“However, overall sales are lower than the previous year,” he added.