As the country shifts to a new weekend, some shops and markets in Muscat are planning to change the days on which fresh produce is imported.
Though most locally produced vegetables and fruits come to supermarkets on a regular basis, imports usually arrive on Thursdays.
A senior official from Lulu Supermarket in Wadi Kabir said, “Hereafter, imported vegetables will arrive on Fridays. However, as the final decision is yet to be taken, the change will come into effect only from next week.”
The Bangladeshi fish market in Hamriya, too is adopting new days for importing. River-water fish and vegetables from the Asian country used to arrive on Wednesday nights to cater to weekend shoppers. But they will now arrive on Thursdays.
Bodruuddin, a shop owner in Hamiriya, said, “No customer will skip work just to buy fish from Hamriya. We had to change the days – both for the convenience of our customers as well as our business. We held talks, and though the change was supposed to take place last week, it will happen from this Friday.”
The management at Mars International has not yet decided on the change in import days.
Unnikrishna Pillai, general manager, Mars International, said, “We want to observe the purchasing trend during the first weekend. Then we will change accordingly. Nothing has been decided as of now, but we will definitely start to import on Fridays. Normally, we buy from countries like India and Holland, and we need to talk to them for the change to take effect.”'
However, not all supermarkets plan to change import dates. A senior official from Al Fair said, “Our imports come in everyday, and our consignments come regularly by air. Hence, the change in weekend will not affect us.”