The Thimphu Thromde allowed 384 shops to open from 13th and 14th January (2nd Phase of Grocery Shops Opening).
The Thromde clarified the intent as to provide fair opportunity to those shops which had been closed during the previous 20 days of lockdown; however, the shops in the new list have been marked as 1 and 2.
Shops marked as 1 will be allowed to operate only on odd days like 13th, 15th and so on and the shops marked as 2 to be allowed on even days like 14th, 16th, etc.
While there was a confusion for a while that some of the shops operating from the start of the lockdown were still open, the Thromde management clarified that places like Yangchenphug, Lubding, Serbithang, Olarongchu Workshop area and many others do not have enough grocery shops, and therefore they are to remain open till the end of the lockdown period.
Previously, days after the lockdown 2.0, there emerged reports with shops facing shortage of supplies, however, after the second week many of these allotted shop owners said, that other than a few items like green chilies missing in their stock they did not have much problems restocking.
Some of the shops located in Zilukha and Langjophaka said that cooking oil was exhausting in their shelves.
UTL collection proprietor a wholesaler said that stocks had almost exhausted as of midweek, however another truck of supplies were being awaited within a few days. He said that so far they had fulfilled supplies for all the shops who took distribution from them as well as a few other zones out of their actual reach had to be supplied due to shortages in the nearby stores.
The quantity for each shop is determined as per the retailers’ demand. He said that even if retailers had ordered a small box of supplies they did their best to fulfill the demands accordingly and tried to cover all their requirements. As of Friday most shop owners felt the need for 2 liters and 5 liters of cooking oil as customers would rather wait for those to be back in the shelves than buy 1-liter oil which was available.
About 8 shops had been nominated by the Thimphu Thromde administrations to supply as wholesale points toward other retail outlets.
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