| Azaraimy HH |
THE popular textile chain store, Al Bukhari Textile Centre, held a grand opening ceremony for its 4th outlet yesterday at the new Berjaya Complex in Pekan Tutong.
Operating since 2006 by Shookat Ali Bukhari, the textile store continued to expand, with plans to have its 5th outlet next month in Kuala Belait and a 6th outlet at Giant Rimba, which they hope to open before the fasting month this year.
The opening ceremony was officiated by the Tutong District Officer, Wardi bin Hj Mohammad Ali.
Local residents were also invited to attend the event. During the opening, Al Bukhari also handed over donations to the Tutong Welfare Fund.
The Tutong District Officer in an interview said the opening of the new stores reflects the robust development of the district.
He hopes to make the district as a place of many activities, including commercial activities such as shopping.
In an interview, Waheed Alam Al Bukhari, manager of the textile store, thanked the customers for their patronage and the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam for the excellent support.
“Through hard work and honesty, businesses can easily thrive here in the country. Cooperation from government offices was another wonderful thing in Brunei that has made business operations conducive, one just have to take the opportunity,” he said.
He also added that the best thing he liked about doing business here was because of the people.
“The people have been very supportive. They come and communicate what they want very effectively and they like to shop,” he said. “It was a pleasure to provide customers with high quality and affordable textile,” he added.
Textiles are a societal norm here in Brunei, the women wear ‘Baju Kurung’ and they want the latest and the trendiest fabrics to date.
Waheed said it was a wonderful thing to be part of the culture through this as it gives him a sense of connection with the society.
He said currently the outlets only employ around 20 per cent of locals, as they come and go.
“They work in one or two days and then they leave. We do not know what happened. What is the masalah (problem)?”
He said the outlets certainly need more of the local workforce, but one that would be committed to the job and can stay longer.
He also added that Al Bukhari sells textiles imported from various countries including Dubai, China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Korea.
The textile centre also sells variety of perfumes and scarves as well as household decorations. Currently, in conjunction with the grand opening of the Tutong branch, the shop is holding a sale.