In case you have been on the lookout for a haircut or a manicure this week, you might need discovered Salbacion Lomandya at work at Tommy’s Barber Store in Tamuning, assuming you had an appointment.
Like many different Guam companies, Tommy’s has saved a detailed eye on the most recent developments in Adelup, whereas feeling the sting to enterprise income from lockdowns, together with the concern of COVID-19.
“Oh my enterprise,” Lomandya exclaimed. “The primary shutdown is 60% (down), however now it is OK.”
She worries, as do her clients.
“It is nonetheless scary. On daily basis it is increasingly more constructive, however I comply with the principles, what the federal government says. Twenty-five p.c, that is why no person can keep within the barbershop besides the shopper.”
‘Thus far it is OK’
A fellow tender to island grooming wants is Lina Kim, supervisor of Hair City at Guam Premier Shops.
“Thus far it is OK, as a result of we’ve got solely 4 stylists right here, so we will deal with the 25% restrict,” Kim stated, however long-term she’s skeptical in regards to the enterprise surviving if the restrictions keep in place.
Nonetheless, “Being open is healthier than nothing,” Kim stated.
Jenny Lu, the Skechers Outlet retailer supervisor at GPO is retaining a pointy eye on the competitors.
“I believe no matter capability the federal government permits, it would not matter, as a result of, there’s actually no strolling into the shop purchasing,” Lu stated. “I believe the one place you will see the road up is Calvin Klein or Hilfiger with gross sales.”
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Lu stated retailer gross sales aren’t bringing in sufficient clients with out the vacationers.
“So to me, if we open at 25% or 50% capability would not actually matter to us,” Lu stated. “What’s hurting us is even in the course of the full shutdown, we nonetheless need to pay lease and we’re not getting any lease reduction, and that is actually hurting us.”
Lacking vacationers, welcoming again locals
Larron Gandaoli, the ABC Retailer supervisor, had no issues with capability limits given the handful of consumers within the retailer on Tuesday.
“It is not going nicely. In fact we would prefer to be within the place we have been final yr. It is extra like simply being there for the group at this level,” Gandaoli stated. “It is a battle making up the prices of the operation. It is robust.”
Gandaoli misses the vacationers, however welcomes the native clients he’s seeing.
“It is good to see folks having the ability to come out and store. We do get a whole lot of good suggestions and the native clients are blissful to see us nonetheless open. We’re glad to be there for them.”
Brian Mesa, a supervisor at Bestseller, stated the bookstore’s reopening has been clean, with no want to fret in regards to the capability limitations. “Nothing’s modified from the final time, the second lockdown. Nothing too loopy. All people’s keen to buy. I believe they’re glad all of the shops are open.
He stated gross sales are regular, although nothing to in contrast with pre-pandemic days.
Su Mun, the Twinkles toy retailer common supervisor, felt he had nothing to smile about.
“Enterprise-wise, we’re doing lower than 20% in the meanwhile,” Mun stated. “We wish to be open however don’t have any money coming in. I’ve a whole lot of merchandise sitting within the warehouse and want to consider a sale to herald some money and pay the workers and the lease.”
“I do know that the federal government wants us to shut at occasions simply to be secure, however the money circulate is a giant downside for us,” he stated.