| Aziz Idris, Izah Azahari & Wani Roslan |
NUMEROUS shopping outlets in the Sultanate are fully stocked and ready for the tide of shoppers with the commencement yesterday of Brunei’s 64-day ‘Salebration,’ which is set to run until February 20.
An observation made by the Bulletin showed that prominent shopping establishments are offering discounts of anywhere between 20 and 70 per cent on selected items.
Anticipating the annual grand sale, Sim Kim Huat (SKH) Trading Co began preparing stocks two months earlier for items ranging from food and beverages, household needs, cosmetics and apparels.
A spokesperson for the company noted that 500 items will be offered at a discount and that best quality of products is guaranteed.
Popular bookstore, Best Eastern, has combined the ‘Salebration’ with its annual ‘Back to School’ promotion to take full advantage of the annual grand sale.
Store Manager Celsa Labay noted that stock had arrived two months earlier to cater to the needs of customers preparing for the new school term.
Its sister company, Hong Textile, too has merged the Salebration with its Back to School promotion, however, focussing more on school uniforms and clothing materials.
Both companies have confirmed a minimum 20 per cent discount on all essential school items (reference books, stationeries and uniforms), while other products will have discounts of up to 70 per cent.
Most business premises also agreed the ‘bonus rush’ which will be witnessed sometime next week, will see ‘hectic’ times. To ensure operations run smoothly, all staff has been briefed to prepare for the “storm”.
“We have been in full preparation since last night, especially in view of the impending bonus rush,” noted a sales attendant from B Foot, which is offering 10 to 70 per cent discounts on selected items – particularly school items.
Kofom Textile Supervisor explained that most of their customers are presently shopping for school uniform materials, while others are using the opportunity to buy Hari Raya materials for next year.
“So for those of you looking for school uniform cloths or ready-made uniform, we have 10 per cent off on these items. We will also be giving away vouchers for use at any Kofom Textile outlet in Brunei with any purchases of above $50,” the attending supervisor said.
Until January 6, customers can enjoy 20 per cent off at Bodyshop, which is also bringing in its ‘Festive Make Up Make Overs’ and giving away limited edition gifts. Additionally, a surprise is planned for the coming week, exclusively for its members.
Meanwhile, several shops at Frescho are participating in the grand sale.
OKKY Jewellery is rolling out 50 per cent discount on selected items, including white gold and silver jewellery.
An OKKY Jewellery salesperson noted the “bonus season” is one that is greatly anticipated, and the company expects to see a great number of customers looking to shop.
With up to 70 per cent discounts up for grabs, a sales person from Buner Textiles Mall Sdn Bhd said, “As the bonus season nears, we are expecting a lot of customers. It will be hectic.”
Additionally, customers can enjoy up to 50 per cent discount at Focus Point. A salesperson explained that the Salebration allows them to promote and sell their products in greater volumes than compared to other days.
The public is advised to contact the Department of Economic Planning and Development (JPKE) at 2230223 (hotline) during office hours or via Facebook at www.facebook.com/AduanPenggunaJPKE or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for complaints or concerns with regard to exploitation of the Salebration.
To facilitate investigations, information on shop name, type of goods, date of purchase and purchase receipt should be provided. All complaint forms must be signed if refund or repair is required.