When retail stores in Chennai reopened after nearly two-month-long lockdown, customers flocked to these stores in the hope of meeting their requirements. Many had placed orders for weddings and engagements in the family that were scheduled for the auspicious month.

The Corporation ordered shops to be closed till August 9 without any prior notice. This move has put many retailers in a fix. These retailers have been getting calls from customers to deliver their jewels, but they are unable to provide them an answer.

The sudden closure of shops in key markets has also left the public worried, as they were waiting for this auspicious time to purchase gold for weddings.

Aadi perukku, the peak season, starts from August 3. But the sales will witness a major drop this year. If this restriction is extended, our retail business in the city will be crippled and many store owners will be unable to meet their revenue overheads.