Groceries in demand on Black Friday as shoppers stock up for Christmas

Milk, margarine, toilet paper and cold drinks were the most popular items in customers’ trolleys in Randburg, Johannesburg, on Friday.

Most shoppers at Checkers on Bram Fischer Drive said they were there for basic items.

“I was here mainly for groceries. I got margarine, mayonnaise, cereal, biscuits and washing powder,” said Rabia Naicker, as she and her husband loaded their groceries into their car.

She said she got to the mall just before it opened at 7am, where the queue, at the time, was “horrendous”.

“The nice thing is that Checkers had ample stock and the staff was there to replenish any items that ran out.”

Xolani Ntombela said he left his house in Randburg early to buy beer and a few groceries.

“When they opened at 7am, the queue went all the way to the basement.”

In his trolley, Ntombela had toilet paper, which he said retailed at R69 for 18 rolls, LiquiFruit juice, which he bought for R22 each, and three 500g tubs of margarine, which were R99.

“This is really a bargain for me. I came here for these items and I am happy.”

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