Silly Solly’s price freeze to help ‘salt of earth’ customers
ONE of the state's largest discount stores has vowed to help its "salt of the earth" customers and has instigated a price freeze with everything under $5.
Bargain basement shop Silly Solly's, which has an outlet at Logan Central, said it would not increase the price on any of its 10,000 products and would continue to trade despite a massive slump in turnover over the past three weeks.
The freeze comes as landlords of large shopping centres are planning to work with their retail tenants to mete out rental deals.
Silly Solly founder Solly Stanton said it was too early to comment on what, if any, relief landlords would offer.
"All we can say is that we are still there for our thousands of customers who rely on us each week for their essentials," Mr Stanton said.
"We sell 10,000 products and none cost more than $5 and none of them will go up in price.
"Most of our customers survive week to week on a budget and rely on everyday convenience essentials and specials.
"We have resisted putting up our prices and are working around the clock to maintain our supply chain and keep our prices as low as possible."
Two of the largest shopping centre owners in Logan have vowed to help their retail tenants.
Logan's Hyperdome has offered to liaise with its shop owners to come up with "flexible" arrangements for rent payments during the coronavirus crisis.
Hyperdome centre manager Brian Turner said the centre would try to help retailers while trading is expected to fall.
"In the face of this unprecedented situation, we are committed to working flexibly with our retail partners to assist them in navigating through this so that the industry recovers as quickly as possible," he said.
Lancini Group, which owns Holmview Shopping Centre, said it would discuss contracts with individual retailers.
Lancini Group development manager Tomas Lancini said he was monitoring the COVID-19 situation as it rapidly evolved.
"Each retailer is different and each business agreement is treated as confidential," he said.
"We are committed to discussing and working through specific arrangements with individual retailers on a case-by-case basis."
Other traders said they were yet to strike a deal with the state government's shopping centre owner QIC.
But what goes around comes around as Hyperdome retailer Baker's Delight repaid any generosity from its landlord by baking fresh hot cross buns for aged care facilities.
Staff stayed back and spent the night baking trays of the special treats for the elderly who are in lockdown and won't be able to mark Easter outside their nursing home.
Early morning deliveries of 400 buns were made to Blue Care Springwood, Yurana Aged Care Facility, Aveo Freedom Aged Care at Tanah Merah, Infinite Aged Care at Cornubia, Arcare at Springwood, Anglicare Southern Queensland and Help At Home.
Baker's Delight Hyperdome's Liz Christoforou said it was a big task, but a small challenge considering what the elderly were going through.
"We know just how special a cuppa and a sweet treat is to residents in aged care homes and we want them to enjoy our buns to add a little cheer to their day."
Originally published as Silly Solly's price freeze to help 'salt of earth' customers