Durian stall update from the Star
GEORGE TOWN: Business has picked up for durian sellers in Macalister Road since the reopening of the stretch of the road which was closed for about a week after a lightning arrestor crash from a building during a windstorm.
A seller, who wanted to be known only as Lim, said his business had been steadily growing since the stretch reopened on Thursday night.
"Last week was a slow and difficult week. Now, things are looking better," he said.
Another seller, who wished to be called Ah Keat, said his business had returned to normal after sales dropped during the road closure.
Some 130m of the road was damaged after digging works started in a search and rescue effort for economy rice seller Lim Chin Aik, 44.
His car was buried by the impact of the fallen lightning arrestor from the 21-storey Menara Umno on June 13 during the freak storm.
A stretch of about 1km which was closed to traffic was reopened on Thursday night.
Meanwhile, the recent rainy weather has only slightly affected the durian harvest for the current season which began early this month.
Bao Sheng Durian Farm owner Chang Teik Seng said that since durian was a hot season fruit, the recent rain had affected the supply in his orchard in Balik Pulau but not in large numbers.