After 9pm in most cities across the country, residents retire to bed. Well, not so in Lagos, and it is becoming clear that Abuja is joining the non-sleeping towns.
The nation’s capital bustles with nightlife. Clubs hum through the night with patrons happy to deny themselves sleep for fun.
Now, it is not only the partying crowd that is staying awake; shoppers are waking up in the middle of the night and proceeding to the shops for some household items and more. That is because 24-hour shopping is taking root in the city.
Twenty-four-hour shopping is gradually becoming a welcome development for residents of the FCT. In Maitama and Wuse II, closing shop for the night is becoming a thing of the past as 24 hours service is now in great demand by customers.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Metromart, a supermarket located in the heart of Wuse II Chief Chima Iwuanyanwu said, “We believe that the time we are in is when people are looking for where to buy food and things to eat and not the time to buy cars or some luxury items but the time for basic necessities. We have looked at this environment and realised that there were big shops all over the place but we needed a shop that will be close to the people and we intend for it not to be a profiteering venture, we believe in minimal profit and that the volume of sales is basically what makes the business profitable.
“Ours is homely and we stock up with things necessary for residents; it is a 24-hour shopping experience, residents are free to wake up in the midnight and come shopping, we brought it to Wuse II so it is very close to people.”
A customer at Metromart who identified herself as Mary Moses said that she now enjoys her night outings with the opportunity of 24 hours shopping experience close to her hangouts.
“Formerly when you hung out and felt like going out to buy something outside the club, you realised that all the shops were closed, most of the shops close as early as 10pm and customers are stuck with no access to most of the things they need at night but with this right now, my friends and I and confident to hang out now and all I do is run across to Metromart or the pharmacies around that now operate 24 hours when we need it, it is really good and a great business strategy for them.”http://thenationonlineng.net/abuja-beco ... hour-city/