Business booms for malls and restaurants over the Labor Day long weekend
Shopping malls are crowded with people over the Labor Day long weekend, with businesses of hotpot restaurants surged 20 percent.
Maureen Fung Sau-yim, the executive director of Sun Hung Kai Real Estate Agency, said the shopping mall, apm, was packed with citizens over the long weekend.
She also said that the flow of people and business of hotpot restaurants has increased 20 percent due to the decrease in temperature.
Fung added that the flow of people to catering and electrical appliances stores have increased at least 10 percent over the Labor Day long weekend, compared to the previous weekend.
Many citizens are also busy with picking presents for the coming Mother’s Day on Sunday, Fung said, with small electrical appliances being the top choice for gifts.
Catering veteran Simon Wong Ka-wo said the overall booking for the Mother’s Day was only about 40 percent so far, and he hoped there would be more booking as the Mother’s Day is approaching.
Some flower shop owners also said more customers opt for delivery to their home, instead of to hotels or restaurants like previously.
An owner of a flower shop in Mong Kok said she had received over 100 orders for Mother’s Day bouquets as of Monday, and added that she had already procured 20 percent more of carnations to do more business.
But another owner said she had not received many orders yet as it is still one week away from Mother's Day, adding that the logistic fee and cost has increased a lot amid the pandemic.