The 4-km MG Road, the main commercial hub of Kochi, is undergoing changes by the day with the Kochi Metro Rail construction gaining momentum in the area.
Those running exclusive outlets of leading brands on MG Road have begun relocating to better spaces on the road and some have shifted to other spots in the wake of Kochi Metro Rail construction.
Franchisees are on the look out for apt spaces. “We are left with no other option than to close down or relocate. We have zeroed in on a suitable place in a shopping mall in the city so as to avoid packing off at the eleventh hour,” said Maijo Ignatious, who runs a leading footwear brand showroom near Padma Junction. “I just opened the shop in March. Shifting to another location after three months will be financial burden. But once the construction activities are in full swing we may not have customers,” he said.
Rajeesh Gopalan, who works with another brand outlet on MG Road, said it was the right time to book spaces or relocate to shopping malls under construction on MG Road. “We have booked a space in a mall on the road and the management of an apparel showroom nearby has also decided to relocate there,” Rajeesh said.
He said the construction work would be a setback for shops that do not have enough frontage. “Business in shops close to the footpath or the road will be definitely affected, though it has been announced by the authorities that commercial establishments can run smoothly,” he said.
The main work on MG Road is being executed in three stretches between Seematti and Padma, Padma to Mullassery Canal Road and Mullassery Canal Road to Woodlands Junction.
The DMRC authorities has announced that the practice of barricading of road would be followed.