Shopping tills ring up festive season

2018-01-18 06:01

IT has been jingle tills all around this festive season, as Kouga business owners received a welcome boost to their coffers.

Retailers and players in the tourism industry in Jeffreys Bay and surrounding towns recorded a welcome increase in revenue as they cashed in on the influx of domestic and international visitors. Hotels, guest houses and caravan parks were fully booked, while most popular restaurants were packed to capacity. Some restaurants even set new records and most retail outlets ended the festive period on a high note.

Retail Outlets

According to Fountains Mall Marketing Manager Nadine Scheepers, Fountains Mall in Jeffreys Bay can once again boast with fantastic results for the December 2017/ January 2018 period. Visitors to the mall increased by 2.2% and its turnover by 3.6% year-on-year.

“Given the current economic climate, we as the management team, as well as the landlord, are satisfied with the festive season trade,” says Scheepers. “Even though foot traffic flat lined in 2017 compared to 2016 calendar year, the turnover increased by 4%.”

According to JP Venter, owner of Jeffreys Bay Superspar and partner at Hankey Spar, both shops showed an increase in turnover.

“Although there were less visitors in town, we experienced a good season,” says Venter.

Pick n Pay at Fountains Mall, also showed an increase in turnover.

Restaurants

According to Tampa Bay Spur owner André Olivier, the popular family restaurant’s turnover is slightly down in comparison with the previous festive season.

On perfect beach-weather days, visitors to the Spur were few; however, on days when the weather was bad we experienced good trade,” says Olivier. “It was furthermore apparent that the spent per head is down in comparison with 2016/ 2017. This can be attributed to the increased fuel and accommodation prices.

“Overall, we are happy with a good season.

De Viswijf Restaurant’s turnover increased by 5%.

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