Alessandro Boyd, Gleaner Writer
With just one day left before Christmas, the owners and managers of several establishments in the Corporate Area have revealed their disappointment at the small number of customers who have shown up at their doors.
Jacqueline Wedderburn, inventory manager at Watts New in Half-Way Tree, said yesterday that the number of shoppers have been nothing compared to last year, but she was hopeful that sales would pick up throughout the afternoon and today, Christmas Eve.
"It's really not the same, I think a lot of persons probably don't have the spending capacity as much as last year," Wedderburn said. "At this point, there would have been a lot more persons, I guess people are waiting until the last minute to actually get their shopping done."
She added: "The state of the economy may have affected the turnout. I hope we'll see more people on Christmas Eve, however."
Karen Hanchard, manager at Vixen, a store that sells handbags, clothing, and other accessories, also expressed disappointment at the pace at which business has been moving.
"It has been slow compared to other years. Even last year, when they said it was a recession, it was much better. It's probably the economy; people just don't have the money to spend or they probably have it and are watching what they are spending," Hanchard said.
The feedback coming from Sonja Rowe, manager at Payless ShoeSource, was different as she was all smiles.
"Christmas is going great and it's even better this year, trust me. From morning, we have had to open early, and we have been so busy since," Rowe said. "I think this is due to the Christmas special going on with selected items. Jamaican people love sales and they are going to come and shop, especially since we have some of the best styles when it comes to shoes."