MUKAH: Ups and downs are frequent in the commercial sector for food sellers. Furthermore, during the Covid-19 pandemic, all industries were severely impacted.
With dine-ins currently prohibited at eateries, business is poor for many food courts and restaurants.
Charles Chang, 29, the manager of a food court in Mukah said during this challenging time, he tried to assist the food stallholders by charging them lower rents and encouraging them to do business together.
“We want to help all of them. Although business is poor, we don’t want them to cease operations. That is why we are reducing the rents for them,” he said, adding that Foodpanda services would be available at the food court in the near future.
Chang pointed out that the food business was experiencing high unemployment rate.
“Because dining in is not permitted, it is not necessary to have many workers to service the customers. Thus, the number of staff will be cut and I believe many food stall holders are doing this.
“I also feel there is rivalry among eateries, including those that do business from home,” he added.
Chang hoped the government would allow dine-ins at eateries soon to bring life back to his food court and other food courts in the state.