Companies seeing waves of customers, appointments forward of second lockdown in Toronto and Peel

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Businesses seeing waves of shoppers, appointments ahead of second lockdown in Toronto and Peel


With simply hours to go earlier than Toronto and Peel Area enter a second lockdown, companies are seeing a rise in individuals making an attempt to entry companies earlier than they shut their doorways.

Salons and different private service companies, resembling nail spas and wax bars, are reporting fully-booked weekends. Magnificence bar the Ten Spot, which has places across the metropolis, was absolutely booked for his or her weekend inside three hours on Friday.

Estelle Lombardi, a supervisor on the retailer’s Queen Avenue West location, informed the Star their senior employees are ready for the upsurge in purchasers. “Since we’ve finished this earlier than, that is truly extra discover than we had the primary time that we closed, so we do have checklists in place for closing” on the finish of the day on Sunday.

A supervisor for Fuzz Wax Bar mentioned they’re seeing greater than double their typical purchasers. “On a typical weekend we see about 30 individuals per day,” mentioned Leanne Donnelly, who manages a Fuzz location on Queen Avenue East. “Right now I feel now we have near 70, a full waitlist and our sister location can also be absolutely booked, in addition to our company places.”

Malls, too, had been bracing for an inflow of vacation customers on the weekend, with many seeing packed parking tons on Saturday. Retail managers at Yorkdale Procuring Centre and Sherway Gardens mentioned most shops had been at most capability for customers inside and had lengthy line-ups outdoors.

In an announcement, a spokesperson for Oxford Properties, the administration firm that operates Yorkdale, Sq. One and Scarborough City Centre, mentioned the department stores had been extending working hours this weekend to handle an anticipated improve in guests.

Guests to the department stores will be capable of store from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Sq. One in Mississauga, and between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. at Yorkdale and Scarborough City Centre and keep away from the height hours of 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the spokesperson mentioned.

Huge field shops like Costco additionally noticed lengthy traces on Saturday, though they’ll stay open throughout the lockdown.

Eating places working patio service additionally skilled a busier than regular rush Friday evening. At east-end pub The Stone Lion, supervisor Brian Quick mentioned there was a right away uptick in individuals coming to eat.

“Right now we’ve placed on social media, form of like New Years Eve 2020 for the patio and individuals are beginning to come out,” Quick mentioned. “It seems to be just like the assist is there.”

He mentioned whereas his bar has a coverage of permitting employees to remain residence in the event that they don’t really feel snug, staff have been coming in as a result of it’s unclear what lies forward. “The primary shutdown was rather less unknown, it didn’t seem to be something was in place.”

His largest concern is the employees, who’re “form of left in limbo. They’ve been shut down twice now, all of them need to pay lease,” Quick mentioned.

After this weekend, the query for a lot of companies shall be what comes subsequent.

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“I feel what’s extra nerve-racking is what’s to come back after Monday — what assets are going to be out there for small companies like ourselves and our employees,” mentioned Mariama Njai, proprietor of DollHouse905, a Brampton magnificence salon.

“Are we going to have the ability to preserve our doorways open?”

With recordsdata from Akrit Michael

Cheyenne Bholla
Jenna Moon
Jenna Moon is a breaking information reporter for the Star and relies in Toronto. Comply with her on Twitter: @_jennamoon

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