The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected many businesses across the world. A lot of businesses had to close or shut down due to the crisis, particularly because they lost a lot of customers due to the lockdowns. There were also many people who lost their jobs, leading to a lot of hungry families who can’t afford to buy food or go shopping for non-essential items.
While many small businesses had to close, many people were shocked after Robinsons announced that it will shut down several stores in Singapore and Malaysia.
The retail chain was founded in Singapore back in 1858. That’s why its top officials feel bad that they have to close the stores in the country. Robinsons is clearly one of Singapore’s top homegrown brands but it has seen a steady decline in sales since 2014 and was greatly affected by the COVID019 crisis.
Robinsons outlets at The Heeren and Raffles City Shopping Centre are the last two department stores to close in Singapore, but the company has also declared the closure of stores in Malaysia, namely Shoppes at Four Seasons Place and The Gardens Mall.
Even as top officials mourn the loss of these stores, thousands of shoppers rejoiced as the malls offered plenty of items at low prices in closing down sales. While there were stores that merely packed up their stocks and moved the items to other outlets, there were many that had to sell everything at low prices just to liquidate their stocks as much as they possibly can.
As the malls saw an influx of shoppers who are taking advantage of the super low prices, worried netizens expressed concern that they might cause another spike in the cases of COVID-19. While local officials encourage everyone to stay at home, these shoppers rushed to the malls to buy non-essential items they’re getting at low prices. Tsk. Tsk.
Others were also curious as to why the malls are closing down. With a heavy heart, senior general manager Danny Lim admitted that the steady decline started many years ago, though this worsened exponentially in recent months due to COVID-19 crisis.
“We regret this outcome today. Despite recent challenges in the industry, the Robinsons team continued to pursue the success of the brand,” Lim explained.
“However, the changing consumer landscape makes it difficult for us to succeed over the long term and the COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated our challenges.”
Closing out sales or not, it is alarming to see so many people trying to take advantage of the low prices to buy non-essential items. After all, the virus could be anywhere!