Downtown Kingston: Slow start but vendors expecting for a bright Christmas
Vendors and store operators in downtown Kingston are reporting a slow start to the Christmas shopping, but with an increase in shoppers yesterday they are hoping that the usual rush will take place in the days leading up to Christmas.
Mayor of Kingston Angela Brown Burke has urged shoppers to support the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) by shopping in the markets and arcades, and spending their money with registered vendors.
According to Brown Burke, after many meetings with the police and stakeholders throughout the year, the KSAC was able to sustain its efforts to ensure that vendors who are not willing to comply with law and order bear the penalty.
Last week, our team asked some vendors and business operators: "What has the Christmas season brought you so far?"
Triston Kelly - Sneakers Unlimited
"Well, things are really slow now, but it's looking as if it's the Christmas week before we will see people coming in. I am expecting that many people will make some money to come out and shop with us. I am hopeful."
Ambro Trowers - Ambro Boutique
"Business is very slow now, it don't pick up as yet. I don't know what to expect, because it's very slow. Last year this time, it was much better. I really hope that things change and people come out to shop."