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Retailers’ Assn. appeals for Lease, Rental reductions

Sidath Kodikara
Sidath Kodikara

The Sri Lanka Retailers’ Association (SLRA), the apex body for organised retail in Sri Lanka, issued a communique requesting all landlords and lessors to reduce leases and rentals for the Association’s membership.

SLRA President Sidath Kodikara appealed landlords to provide a 50% concession on rentals/ leases for the next six months on properties leased and rented by SLRA members, as many retailers are suffering losses due to the prevailing situation in the country caused by the COVID-19.

“The ongoing Lockdown has drastically limited all retailers’ ability to operate their respective outlets. Thus, resulting in more than an 85% drop in revenues across all retail establishments and sectors.

This significant drop in revenue has resulted in losses for all retailers; and currently all our membership is struggling to stay afloat,” he said.

Given the challenges, retailers are in urgent need to cut operating costs, of which a significant component is the lease rental.

“We make this request fully understanding the impact this may have on landlords or lessors. However, this is an urgent need for retail industry -an industry which employs more than 15% of the work force,” he further added.

The SLRA currently represents 9 sectors in the retail industry namely FMCG; Clothing, Fashion & Jewelry; Shelter & Housing; Household & Consumer Durables; Footwear & Accessories; E-Commerce; Mobility; Entertainment, Restaurant and QSR; Healthcare & Wellness.

 


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