Once-Bustling Chengdu Shopping Center Now Empty

By Olivia Li
Olivia Li
Olivia Li
March 11, 2020 Updated: July 23, 2020

Location: Chengdu City, Sichuan Province

Background: A shopping center that used to be the busiest street in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, has very few customers during the COVID-19 crisis. A nail salon owner says his current revenue is not even enough to pay the rent.

Man in the background:
Following an official announcement, most businesses in Chengdu resumed operations more than ten days ago. But take a look everyone, very few stores are open. Is it because the local authorities forbade them to do business? No.

Come take a closer look. (Reading the notices on the doors) Business for sale, business for sale, another business for sale. This store has been open for several days. Still, the owner decided to sell it. Hi buddy, have you had any sales this month?

My nail salon has been open for more than ten days. I will show you around. Hi kiddo, where is your mother?
In the past more than ten days, my revenue was a few hundred yuan per day, not even enough to pay for the rent. In our WeChat group, we business owners are discussing that we should ask the landlords to waive rents for us.

Man in black jacket:
I feel that even if the rents are waived, it won’t help much. The real issue is whether I can survive. Such a difficult time!

Olivia Li