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Tuesday September 3, 2013 MYT 7:35:29 AM
PETALING JAYA: Hypermarkets and convenience stores saw a surge of up to 300% in sales of mineral water bottles over the weekend in areas affected by water cuts.
KK Group founder and chairman Datuk Dr Chai Kee Kan said his company, which operates 104 KK Supermarts throughout the country, had not marked up the price of the mineral water bottles despite the surge in demand.
“Within a short period of time, after the announcement of the water cut, most of our hypermarkets went out of stock,” he said yesterday. ‘
“We replenished the stocks from our warehouse in Cheras Jaya.”
Dr Chai added that the company had to order additional supply of mineral water bottles to cope with the demand.
“We would like to assure the people that we have enough in our stores. They do not need to rush or panic,” he said.
Mydin Mohamed Holdings Bhd managing director Datuk Ameer Ali Mydin said the firm saw a 250% increase in sales of mineral water bottles over the weekend.
He added that all Mydin outlets in the affected areas had restocked its mineral water supply to ensure that there would be enough for the coming week.
A spokesman for 7-Eleven Malaysia Bhd, however, said they were running low on supply during the weekend.
“However, we have taken several steps to ensure that there is enough mineral water bottles for all consumers,” he said.
Restaurants operating in the affected areas, meanwhile, reported huge losses due to the water cuts.
Malaysian Muslim Restaurant Owners Association president Noorul Hassan Saul Hameed said their outlets here saw profits drop by 40% .
“Some restaurants had to use mineral water for cooking and this is very costly,” he said, urging the authorities to focus on resolving the issue instead of “playing the blame game”.
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