Border traders finally see their business picking up since travel restrictions were lifted

SAN YSIDRO, Calif. (Report to the border) – During recent visits to Carolin Shoes along San Ysidro Boulevard, manager Olivia Campos always had plenty of time to sit and discuss the financial issues related to the pandemic in her store and others around the world. region.

But as Border Report verified on Friday morning, Campos found herself walking back and forth around the store helping customers.

Olivia Campos manages Carolin Shoes in San Ysidro, Calif. (Salvador Rivera / Border Report)

Fortunately, our interview would have to wait, and it should be quick.

… Finally, she stopped and turned her attention to this reporter.

“We better do it now because I won’t have time to stop and talk later,” she said.

Since November 8, when essential travel restrictions were lifted for those vaccinated against COVID-19, traders just north of the San Ysidro port of entry have been eagerly awaiting the return of buyers from Mexico.

It turned out that the wait was longer than one might have thought.

“I expected a lot more people,” Campos said.

She admitted that after a few dismal weeks there is now room for optimism.

“Slowly, slowly, I see it improving a bit. Last Saturday everything started to pick up, ”she said.

According to Campos, his store saw an increase in customer numbers two Saturdays ago and has remained stable since.

“I hope it will continue in the same way,” she said.

And with one more weekend of shopping before Christmas, she hopes to end the holiday season and start the New Year on a high note.

“Hope we can see more, to be honest with you, I really hope so.”

Campos told Border Report it looks like things are getting back to normal; she said most of her neighboring businesses are doing better as well.

“It’s good, I just hope they don’t close the border anymore,” she said.

On the west side of the San Ysidro port of entry, where a large shopping mall is located, two employees of a shoe store and one of a suitcase discounter said they were seeing a lot more people from Mexico and that their sales were “up. “

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and the putting in place of essential travel restrictions, more than 200 businesses in San Ysidro have closed their doors for good due to the lack of Mexican customers.

The region, according to its chamber of commerce, has also suffered losses of more than $ 1.3 billion.

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