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Bahrain shopping malls remain closed

Manama, March 15, 2011

Some of Bahrain's most popular shopping malls were shut down yesterday as a result of the ongoing unrest around the country.

Bahrain City Centre, Bahrain Mall, Marina Mall and Dana Mall were all closed.

However, the Seef Mall was open for business as normal, according to security officials.

Supermarkets around the country also remained open yesterday.

Although stores in central Manama were closed, most other supermarkets saw a slight increase in the number of customers, according to management.

The levels were nothing like last month, however, when consumers flocked to their local shops to stock up on food and basic necessities in the aftermath of the first attacks on protesters at Pearl Roundabout, they said.

An Al Jazeera Supermarkets spokesman confirmed that all of its stores were open for business and that consumer numbers were slightly higher than normal.

Midway chief executive officer for retail and development Khalid Al Amin said higher number of consumers visited yesterday, but two of the chain's Manama outlets were closed for the day.

All Jawad supermarket branches were open for business as normal, according to Jawad Group retail general manager Jawad Mahmood Jawad, who confirmed a slightly higher number of consumers but that there was no danger of stores running low on stocks.

It was a similar situation for Alosra Supermarkets branches, which were all open for business as normal.

A spokesman for the company said that the stores were busy yesterday, but not noticeably busier than expected.

Witnesses in Adliya, meanwhile, told our sister newspaper Gulf Daily News (GDN) that although some retail outlets had been closed, many others were open for business as normal and were busy.-TradeArabia News Service




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