Business in major streets of Nairobi is slowly resuming after the Christmas festivities, even as many city streets remain deserted.
Book sellers and uniform distributors say business is beginning to pick up as parents throng shops for back to school shopping. Schools are set for re-opening on January 4th 2016.
A spot check by journalists showed increased activity at Uhuru Market which is famous for tailoring school uniforms. According to Naomi Wangeci a uniform distributor, many traders are collecting their orders while some are placing new ones.
“We came back immediately after Christmas because we have large consignments of school uniforms which are supposed to be delivered to our upcountry clients,” she said.
She said parents are visiting the stalls to buy uniforms for their children and this being the last week before schools resume next week, they expect booming business in the next couple of days.
“The demand is high now and we are working around the clock to ensure that we have enough stock as we anticipate getting more clients this week when parents shop for their children who are going back to school.
A customer at Uhuru Market said; “I came early because I want to beat the last minute rush, so that I will usher in the New Year settled waiting to take my children to school next week.”
However at Bata Shoe outlets along Mama Ngina Street and Kenyatta Avenue Branch few school going children and parents were spotted.
Some traders are optimistic to cash in on the expected booming business in the next few days. Mr Julius Mwangi, a uniform seller said it was normal for their shops to be filled during school opening days but January is usually the peak.
Several book shops remained open and recorded good sales.
Several business premises in down town Moi Avenue are open and according to Lucy Muriu who operates a boutique along Taveta Road, there are few customers buying cloths unlike last week when they had booming business.