DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI Marsh reminded his audience that Olympians Janelle Atkinson and Alia Atkinson competed during their developmental years at the long-standing meet. “We did have Janelle Atkinson here two years ago, who came through the Burger King Swim Meet, and she came and participated actively, so there has been a relationship with some of the famous alumni,” added Marsh. Title sponsors Burger King and Popeyes will be spending a combined $2 million to mark the 17th renewal. According to Sabrena McDonald-Radcliffe, head of sales and marketing for Restaurant Associates Limited, it reflects their biggest investment in the sport to date. “Both brands are committed to the growth and development of the sport of swimming as it encourages discipline, perseverance and teamwork among young people,” she said. Immaculate Conception High student Zaneta Alvaranga, who recently returned from the Carifta Swimming Championships in Bahamas with six medals – four individual and two relays – including the 50m butterfly record also spoke. “I encourage you to keep loving the sport of swimming, as it will help you to be focused and become a high achiever in everything you do,” the 12-year-old implored the youngsters. The defending girls’ prep champions are Immaculate. However, new champions will be crowned on the boys’ side as Wolmer’s will not be competing. Excelsior are reigning primary schools champions. Meet director Allan Roy Marsh says the 700 children who will be competing at this weekend’s Burger King/Popeyes Prep and Primary Schools Swim meet will be given an oppor-tunity to showcase their talents in an organised and healthy competition. The two-day meet will be held on Friday and Saturday. Action will get under way at 8:30 a.m. each day at the National Aquatics Centre and will showcase prep and primary swimmers ages 6-12. A total of 55 schools – 45 prep and 10 primary – are down to take part. “Through sponsorship of this meet, Burger King is providing opportunities to over 700 kids, many of whom would not have an opportunity to swim in an organised competition,” Marsh outlined at yesterday’s launch at Eden Gardens Wellness Resort and Spa on Lady Musgrave Road.
The idea of trading down is different from cross-shopping, when shoppers buy kitchenware at Target and status handbags at Neiman Marcus. Shoppers cross shop to have a more eclectic style, but trade down to cheaper stores as a sign of financial stress, experts say. Amanda Curry, a waitress and bar manager from Riverview, Mich., said she normally shops at Somerset, an upscale mall with Nordstrom and Macy’s department stores. Now, she is looking at places that offer lower prices. This year’s destination? “Meijer, Wal-Mart – J.C. Penney, probably,” she said. “My income’s not as high as it used to be,” she said, noting she now has a 17-month-old daughter. Monica Tang, a retail strategist at Kurt Salmon Associates, agrees that certain shoppers are trading down to less expensive stores, but she doesn’t see it as a slam on the brakes. They are finding easier ways to cut back if they are looking to reduce their spending, she said. The trend is starting to play in the hands of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which has stepped up discounting after suffering its worst holiday season on record last year. Last week, the discounter recorded an 8 percent profit increase, and analysts say it could benefit from shoppers trading down this holiday season even as its core customers pull back. NEW YORK – That $3.20 latte at Starbucks or the $300 handbag at Coach may no longer be affordable luxuries. Feeling squeezed by gas prices and weak credit, the nation’s shoppers are increasingly trading down to lower-price stores or cheaper items. Such changes – which emerged this past summer and surfaced in the latest financial results for retailers – could alter dynamics of the holiday shopping season as it officially kicks off today. For some shoppers, it could be as drastic as buying all their clothes at discounters instead of department stores. For others, it could be as subtle as buying a wallet instead of a handbag or one latte per week at a fancy coffee shop and deli coffee on the other days. The trend could benefit discounters, warehouse clubs and drug stores while hurting department stores and mall-based apparel chains. Even Starbucks Inc. reported its first decline in traffic on record at its U.S. stores. “People are so cash- and credit-concerned,” retail consultant Burt Flickinger III said, noting he hasn’t seen “the trading down” phenomenon since the 1987 stock market crash resulted in massive job losses and the housing slump in the early 1990s. Drug store chains such as CVS Caremark Corp. and Walgreen Co. – both of which have been adding trendy items such as funky jewelry – are expected to be winners. Meanwhile, department stores – which enjoyed a resurgence last holiday season – have seen their fortunes reverse. Home and apparel, categories sensitive to the economy, are struggling with sluggish sales, and department stores are finding stiffer competition from the likes of offprice stores such as TJ Maxx, Flickinger said. Luxury stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue should continue to fare well this holiday season. But the aspirational luxury buyer seems to be feeling pinched, hurting results at Coach Inc., considered a bellwether for the low-end luxury market.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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