WITH cars jostling for parking spaces and long queues at supermarkets, the silly season has hit local shopping centres, which are preparing for an influx of holiday shoppers.
The Bridge marketing manager Sonica van der Meulen said the shopping centre’s extended hours would start on December 13 with the usual gift-wrapping service, photographs with Santa and shopper handouts.
“Additional security measures have been put in place for the festive season. All our tenants do exceptional trade over the busy festive season. New shops in the centre are Galaxy Grill and Jeep.
Mr Price Home is currently undergoing a revamp,” she said.
The Boardwalk is having extended shopping hours from December 6 to January 12 and would have its usual security operations in place for the holiday season, said Boardwalk public relations officer Caley Phillips.
Phillips said there were special activities and events for children. serving frozen treats, and another new store is Coffee Café,” Phillips said.
Fountains Mall in Jeffreys Bay will also be abuzz with festive shoppers and holidaymakers.
Marketing manager Nadine Scheepers said extended shopping hours would start on December 15. Events at the centre include a fun run and braai competition. The number of staff would increase and additional watch points managed in terms of upgrading security. New shops in the centre included Treats & Eats Home industry, and Pick n Pay Clothing, Scheepers said.
Walmer Park Shopping Centre is in the process of completing a revamp, with a new parking lot now ready for use and several new stores, public relations officer Danielle Bhana-Coetzee said.
“Zara fashion store recently opened, Zuri has rebranded, Le Creuset opened on Monday and Capitec Bank will be opening on Thursday, with MAC Cosmetics opening this Saturday. Edgars have expanded and their new section is poised to open soon, and several other stores will also be opening up in time for the Christmas shoppers,” she said.
Extended shopping hours will start on December 13.
The SA Council of Shopping Centres said security at shopping malls across the country would be stepped up for the holidays. The centres all had crisis plans in place for emergencies and open lines to the nearest police station.