‘I can’t keep up with orders’: JB’s Hari Raya product sales spur return of Singapore shoppers

She cited the reopening of land borders between Singapore and Johor earlier this month as the main reason for the surge in sales during this festive season.

“For a stand like ours, 70% of our turnover comes from Singaporean customers. Before COVID-19, Singaporeans used to come to Angsana. And we are so happy now that the borders are reopened, they have come back,” she added.

Other businesses in Johor Bahru that sell Hari Raya products reported a similar increase in sales this month, with many attributing this to the return of Singaporean tourists.

Additionally, Singapore visitors interviewed by CNA said they decided to cross the causeway to shop at Hari Raya due to the recent favorable exchange rate, with the weakening of the Malaysian ringgit against the Singapore dollar. .

PROFITS INCREASE, INVENTORIES DECREASE

Angsana Mall is one of the most popular malls when it comes to shopping for Hari Raya products in Johor Bahru, partly due to its centralized location.

When CNA visited the mall on Tuesday evening (April 26), it was packed with visitors.

On the ground floor of Mdm Suhaiza’s home-baked cookie stand, Sue, visitors had to line up to get in. Many cookies, such as popiah serunding (mini spring rolls with grated coconut) and kueh makmur (cookies filled with crushed roasted peanuts), were no longer in stock.

“We didn’t expect them to announce the reopening of the borders so soon, so we didn’t prepare enough for this crowd,” she said, adding that her income had doubled from the previous year. last year.

Similar crowds were also waiting outside the adjacent Hari Raya cookie shops.

At Impian, which sells Hari Raya decorations and lights, there was also a large crowd.

Its owner, Mrs. Tan Shwn Ing, told CNA that in the 20 years she has done business in Angsana, she has not seen such demand for her Hari Raya products.

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