Thousands of Barbadians descended on Bridgetown for their last-minute Christmas shopping today.
There was hardly anywhere to walk in Swan Street, The City, shoppers with children and bags jostled their way from store to store, especially those selling household items.
Woolworth’s marketing manager Martin Bryan told Barbados TODAY of the store’s constant traffic flowing today, and of the difficulty in negotiating the aisles in the last two days was shoppers cashed in on the offered Christmas deals.
“It is busy but the last two days have been busier. We see this year that people have not waited until Christmas Eve to get their items; they have done what they had to do before. Today was just to get giftwrap paper, scotch tape, gift bags, any last-minute toys and perfume sets. Actually, a lot of perfume sets are selling today,” Bryan said.
Supermarket employees were kept busy all day restocking shelves as cashiers tallied long bills.
At Super Centre Warrens there was a rush for cakes –– from the time the supermarket opened its doors.
The plain cake appeared to be the preferred choice for those who waited patiently in a long line at the store’s bakery.
According to Super Centre’s general manager Charles Lynch, the supermarket which opened earlier than usual had been exceptionally busy throughout the entire morning.
“Things are flowing here. The only problem that we are having right now is the rush for cakes,” Lynch said.
Shopper Kamal Smith, who indicated that he was running around all day for his last-minute preparations, said he was overwhelmed by the traffic on the roads.
“The road is very busy. Traffic is all over, and all over it is hectic. I have been all around and going and coming; traffic hectic,” the shopper said.
There were indeed long lines of vehicles on the highways and main roads, as people traversed the island’s network, seeking out purchases of all manner and kind –– even that forgotten special gift for a loved one. (AH)