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Bahamas: Retailer lives to fight another day after pandemic drives mall exit

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A local retailer yesterday stressed that its exit from the Mall at Marathon was due solely to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gabrielle Armaly, operator of the clothing store Jean Junction, told Eyewitness News that the pandemic and subsequent COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions had taken a major toll on the finances of the business.

She said she had opted to pay off her U.S. suppliers and maintain a good line of credit with them rather than opting to remain open.

“Yes, my lease at the Mall at Marathon was coming to an end but I decided to close up shop because of COVID,” Armaly said.

“If it were not for COVID-19, we would have remained open, things would have been flowing smoothly and my staff would have been happy. I was actually looking at opening another business before this pandemic. Just prior to the pandemic I had just ordered a ton of stuff for the store. I didn’t believe it would be this bad.”

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