Merida’s Centro establishments, markets, shopping malls, department stores, and clothing boutiques were crowded yesterday; another similar day is expected today.

(MÉRIDA Yucatan – TYT) – A few hours before Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, thousands of Yucatecans are overflowing the stores of the Historical Center, commercial plazas, markets, department stores, and clothing boutiques in what it is, the “last stretch” of Christmas shopping. It is estimated that an economic spill of 13.5 billion pesos, according to the National Chamber of Commerce, Services and Tourism of Mérida (Canacome).

In a tour conducted by Novedades Yucatán in different points of the Yucatecan capital, a “commercial madness” was observed at times: in some establishments, long lines formed in the clothes fitting rooms, as well as in supermarkets, checkout counters, parking lots, and even at ATMs.

Shopping malls are not left behind. Early in the morning also reported an increase in the influx of people looking for last-minute purchases, such as clothes, shoes, electronics, purses and wallets, cell phones, perfumery, men’s products, and toys, among others.

Armando Pech, in charge of a store in the Historical Center, commented that yesterday was one of the busiest days for formal commerce, as hundreds of people were observed outside the stores, as well as long lines waiting to enter the stores or pay for what they bought. “We are saturated, many people have come to buy their gifts. The month of December has been good, but this day was one of the most intense, because of the purchases that many of us left for the last minute,” he said.

The same trend is observed in the stalls inside and outside the Lucas de Gálvez and San Benito markets, where people took advantage of their visit to the City Center to buy the necessary supplies for the Christmas Eve dinner.

Most of these products kept their prices last week, although others had a slight increase. As an example, a kilo of carrots was sold at 14.30 pesos, white onions at 19, potatoes increased to 17, and red onions remained at 34 pesos per kilogram.

Butcher’s and poultry stores were also in good demand for their products, but the managers commented that the highest sales are expected today, a few hours before Christmas, so some will work normal hours.

Canacome mentioned that the most demanded items during these days are electronics, household appliances, clothing, women’s accessories, toys, children’s bicycles, footwear, perfumes, cell phones, decorative items for nativity scenes, multicolored lights for the Christmas tree, and house facades, piñatas, among others.

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