Sorya Shops Reopen After Vendors Strike Deal
Posted On : February, 16, 2015 | By សំឡេងទីក្រុង, By | February 14, 2015

After two days of protesting over rental fees and poor management, vendors at Phnom Penh’s Sorya Shop­ping Center—which was al­most completely shuttered on Thurs­day—reached an agreement with the mall’s administration Fri­day and reopened their shops.

In a meeting mediated by Daun Penh district governor Kouch Cham­reoun, vendors lowered their demand for a 30 percent cut in rental fees and accepted a 20 percent reduction to be implemented over the next six months.

“As a deal has been struck, we have agreed to open our shops as normal from this afternoon on,” said Bun Nara, a representative of the vendors who runs a clothing shop at the mall.

As part of the deal, managers im­posed three conditions on tenants—paying rent on time, clearly displaying the price of items and keeping their shops clean.

The mall’s managers were also pushing to have vendors agree to strict business hours, but ultimately agreed to allow for a 30-minute window for opening and closing shops when the mall opens and closes at 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.

After a two-month grace period, the mall will begin to increase the monthly rent for shop owners who fail to follow the opening and closing times, according to Chea So­kheak, Sorya’s general manager.

Another demand from vendors that the mall reduce the cost of transferring their shops to another tenant before a contract expires was put on hold, according to Aing Saing, assistant to the chairman of Canadia Integrated Enterprise Group, the firm that owns the mall.

“The fee is stated on contract, which we cannot change without it going through the board of di­rectors,” she said.

Mr. Chamreoun, the district governor, noted it was not his duty to in­tervene in disputes within private en­terprises, but said he made an ex­ception for one of the city’s larg­est shopping centers.

“We have waited for the problem to be solved internally, but be­cause two days have gone by with no agreement, I accepted the re­quest to provide mediation,” he said.

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