Traders say businesses will be greatly affected because people will now be rushing to the newly opened shopping centre. Mtendere small scale business men and women have expressed worries over a newly opened Pick n Pay outlet in the area.
The traders who were also part of the crowd which gathered to witness the openning of the store said that their businesses will be greatly affected because people will now be rushing to the newly opened shopping centre.
Beulani Tembo, a business man in Mtendere said his business was now threatened because most of the people would be rushing to Pick n Pay store.
He added that Pick n Pay, having low prices during promotions, would also attract people compared to his business where he hardly put his goods on promotion.
“All the customers we had coming from as far as Mtendere east, phi and even students from Chainama Health College and Natural Resources Development College (NRDC) will be attracted by the lower prices and we will end up having no customers,” he complained.
Lusaka City Council (LCC) however stopped the operations at the mall after three days for it was operating while construction works were still on.