Malls close on Thursday and Friday

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013


AS THE country braces for the Holy Week celebration, malls in Cagayan de Oro City will stop operations on certain days to observe Lenten activities this week.

Some Kagay-anons went shopping ahead to stock groceries needed for the week.

Flora Manzo, a mother of two children from barangay Kauswagan, bought loads of groceries on Wednesday for the Holy Week.

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“It is better to be prepared and plenty of food stocked in the house, since the grocery shops will be closed,” Manzo said.

Ivy Guantero, SM City public relations manager, said the mall, including the supermarket, will be closed on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

Guantero said the staff will only have two days off since SM will resume its regular operations starting Black Saturday.

For her part, Centrio Mall marketing supervisor Justine Tiro confirmed that they will also observe the Lenten Season and the mall will close on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

Tiro said Centrio will reopen on March 30. On Easter Sunday, Centrio will hold activities.

However, business will be as usual to all Gaisano mall branches in the city except on Holy Friday, according to Gabby Bacarro, Gaisano marketing manager.

“Everything in the mall will be open including a few of our tenants as our way of extending our services during Holy Week,” Bacarro said.

He said Gaisano will cater to those who have immediate needs like medicines or foods for the patients in different hospitals or other organizations that might need groceries for this week.

Maricris Guimarie, an employee of Gaisano mall, said her one day-off is “bitin” (not enough), but opined it will be worthy as employees will be given additional pay.

Bacarro stressed that Gaisano employees allowed to take a leave and their presence at the store won’t be compulsory.

Meanwhile, Kagay-anons need not fret on fresh products as Carmen and Cogon market will not shut down during the holy week.

Alan Fernandez, City Economic Enterprise Department head, said that market vendors, including Unitop store who rented on both the second floor of the markets, have pledged to extend their services.

Fernandez said employees may skip doing penitence as practiced but they cannot sacrifice providing the basic need of the people. “Everybody needs to eat.”

Fernandez said Unitop will close its operation for one day, which is on Holy Friday to give way their employees time to rest and observe their religious activities.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 28, 2013.

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