Rafael Sales, president of Aliansce Sonae, a group that manages 39 malls and shopping centers in Brazil, told the newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo that the sector was one of the most affected and that the pandemic of the new coronavirus fell like a “meteor” over the sector business. “We had a 100% stoppage. This did not happen even with the airlines, which still maintained some flights, ” he told the newspaper.
According to Sales, the company has already invested more than BRL 300 million to support its tenants, with measures such as exemption from April rent.
“For Mother’s Day, the second most important date for retail, we are creating a page on the websites and social networks of each of our malls, indicating the stores that sell online or via Whatsapp. Until next week, we hope that every one our malls are already delivering products to their parking lots, in drive-thru format “, said Sales to the newspaper.