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Lautoka Businesses Brace For Boost In Economic Activity

Lautoka and Ba Board of Special Administrators chair Ani Amin said: “Lautoka will become a hype of activity for the Drua games and obviously, there will be a lot of people coming in.
25 May 2022 10:43
Lautoka Businesses Brace For Boost In Economic Activity
Bargain Box Bila Street Branch staff Rupeni Teki (left) and Manager Shivnesh Gounder showcase the items that will be sold to Drua supporters. Photo: Salote Qalubau

Close to 1000 business houses in Lautoka will be capitalising on this Saturday’s Fijian Drua and Chiefs clash at Churchill Park.

Lautoka Chamber of Commerce president, Pyara Singh said: “We expect a huge crowd to watch this game, it will create a lot of activities, people will be making use of all the restaurants, clubs and clothing shops,” he said.

“We are requesting all business communities to be prepared to take advantage of this because this is an international rugby match and this should benefit everybody.”

Mr Singh said this week’s rugby match would provide a positive avenue for all business houses in the Sugar City.

He added the rugby match would also rake in good revenue for the different business houses.

Bargain Box Bila Street branch manager Shivnesh Gounder said since they had lowered the price for the Fijian shirts customers flocked to purchase them.

“We just started selling them last week and now we only have three left, it was $20 and we reduced it to $10, We are also selling the headdress,” he said.

Bargain Box Vitogo assistant branch manager Vinay Raj said other items included Fiji flags which cost $1 for the small-sized flags and $4.99 for the larger flags.

Simply Styles Clothing store manager Sonia Gounder said discounts could be offered to customers.

Lautoka Market Handicraft vendor Akeneta Rabuatoka said she was not focused on selling handmade Drua merchandise.

“Business is slack, we don’t have enough to go and buy those materials to make those things because our main focus is just to sell what we have on the floor,” she said.

Lautoka and Ba Board of Special Administrators chair Ani Amin said: “Lautoka will become a hype of activity for the Drua games and obviously, there will be a lot of people coming in.

“The circulation of people coming in trying to do some shopping as well so at the end of the day everybody that comes into Lautoka will at least spend something that’s going to be beneficial.”

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