Suva Retailers Association: Shopping, Extended Market Hours

Suva Retailer Association president Jitesh Pratel said he expects businesses in Suva to push past 6 p.m. and even 7 p.m. “Longer shopping hours mean more time for people to shop. ”

Suva Market Vendor Moreen Ali with her daughter Suhana Khan as they sell their produce at the market. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Store opening hours in Suva have been extended as the Suva Retailers Association and Suva City Council are working together this holiday season.

Suva Retailer Association president Jitesh Pratel said he expects businesses in Suva to push past 6 p.m. and even 7 p.m.

“Longer shopping hours mean more time for people to shop. “

“It’s good for the business and it’s good for the customers,” he said.

“People can beat the Christmas rush, employees will go home with higher pay. “

Extended market hours
The Suva City Municipal Market is now open until 6 p.m. and will be open on Saturday, December 25.

The Nabua market will also open until 6 p.m. and will also open on Saturdays.

However, both markets will be closed on Sundays and for public holidays next week.

The Raiwaqa and Bailey Bridge mini-markets will be traded on Sunday, December 26 and on public holidays.

The Lami Municipal Market is open until 7 p.m. this week and trading will resume on Saturday.

From Thursday 23 December, the Navua Market will open until 6 p.m. and will also be open this Saturday.

Vendors in Suva and other regions have welcomed the move.

Seller Moreen Khan said longer opening hours were good and welcomed the prospect of making more money for Christmas.

Joana Rarabici, a temporary salesperson, said she was able to make more money and hoped that the extended hours could become a permanent feature of the markets.

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Peggy P. Gilmore