Many businesses reopen on 2nd day of Lunar New Year
Many trade centres, supermarkets and traditional markets in HCM City reopened on Wednesday, the second day of the Lunar New Year.
The Saigon Coop and Saigon Trading Corporation (SATRA) retail network, which covers StraMart, Strafood and CelltreMall, were among businesses to open their chains soonest during the holiday.
From now until Saturday, the Co.opmart supermarket system will open from 8am to 12pm and return to normal operating hours on Sunday. CoopXtra will present lucky money to customers who spend over VND400,000 from Thursday to Sunday.
VISSAN food stores and VISSAN PREMIUM high-end food stores of VISSAN Joint Stock Company also launched discounts from 10-15 per cent on some products.
At the Van Hanh Mall in District 10, SC VivoCity in District 7, Giga Mall in Thu Duc District and Aeon Mall Binh Tan in Binh Tan District, most holiday shoppers can be spotted around the food courts and entertainment areas.
The Highland Coffee chain at the Giga Mall is now crowded with customers. Many brands of milk tea shops at SC VivoCity have attracted young people enjoying the festive atmosphere.
Nguyen Thanh Tam, a resident of Thu Duc District and currently working and living in the southern province of Binh Duong, said he had already visited his parents on the first day of the Tet holiday, so on the second day he brought his family members to the city centre to enjoy food and the rest of Tet.
At traditional markets, fresh food sellers continue to ensure abundant supply for customers. According to businesses here, the best-selling items are seafood, chicken, vegetables, fruits and flowers.
Minh Anh, a salesperson at Ba Chieu market, said that in order to have enough chicken for worship on the 3rd day of the Lunar New Year, most small traders had to prepare and store the meat before Tet.
"We encouraged consumers to reserve or pre-order food before Tet," said Anh.
Districts, markets, supermarkets and convenience stores reported that the city’s market had been relatively stable during the holiday.
The market has a plentiful supply of goods and various categories with reasonable prices, in which the products belonging to the Market Stabilisation Programme ensure adequate and timely supply for the city’s distribution system.