Asaba Mall, Shoprite Take The Lead As Marrymakers Enter New Year

THE mood at most conventional eateries
and relaxation spots in Asaba, the Delta State Capital, may best be described as drab when compared with the hoard of merrymakers trooping en mass to the Asaba Mall in the vespers of the first day of the New Year.
A tour by our correspondent
around the city to most popular restaurants and bars revealed that there seem to be a sharp drop in patronage, as the places visited were scanty when compared to the mood of the season in time past.
According to an anonymous
source who spoke with The Pointer at the popular
Shoprite, she preferred to relax and do her shopping
at the mall because it is designed to mimic the western world in terms of the atmospherics, adding that it also guarantees security,
even as she further disclosed that she is in Nigeria on a brief visit.
Meanwhile, at the time of this report, people were seen engaged in various forms of relaxation activities
such as shopping, taking
photographs, snacking, talking and even sightseeing,
even as the famous queue at the bakery section of Shoprite was also very conspicuous as customers civilly grappled for bread.
Adequate preparation was made for all categories of persons as the children were seen taking turns to slide down the giant house-like balloons inflated and strategically placed with music provided by the disc jockey, under the watchful eye of parents and guardians.
Although efforts were made by the conventional eateries to attract patronage,
further investigations revealed that they have to explore more ingenuity to outshine the competition
and attract customers to themselves especially during festivities in order to remain relevant in the hospitality industry.
In another development, transporters bemoaned the pinch of the fuel scarcity and the low patronage by commuters who would rather walk extra distances to augment the financial implications necessitated by the increase in transport fare.