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.”