Pevex Opens Five Centres in Zagreb: We Need to be Flexible

Lauren Simmonds

As Suzana Varosanec/Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 28th of March, 2020, the largest Croatian non-food chain, Pevex, has now opened all five of its shopping centres in Zagreb with mandatory restrictions on the number of people in each centre depending on its size.

Pevex (formerly Pevec) will adhere to all the measures still in place so as not to create crowds and to make sure enhanced hygiene and the organisation of work are properly applied in order to respect social distancing.

Pevex CEO Jurica Lovrincevic says they have made it possible to pay in twelve installments for about 86,000 customers – mostly small businesses and trades – through membership of the Pevex Partner programme.

“We’ve taken on the cost of financing interest and fees for twelve installments with respect to all 86,000 of our partners on ourselves, these are small businesses and artisans. We need to be as flexible as possible in these new conditions,” Lovrincevic said, adding that they’re cooperate with most domestic manufacturers of cement, plaster, tile and other materials needed for construction, and that the centres will also remain open on Sundays between 08:00 and 14:00.

The ban on the operation of construction equipment stores in Zagreb and Krapina-Zagorje was quickly lifted following the earthquakes to facilitate the reconstruction of damaged structures at the request of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Construction Association.

Mirjana Cagalj of the aforementioned association emphasised that more than 25,000 earthquake damage claims have been submitted, and all of these facilities will need rehabilitation to some extent or another.

“I personally went out into the field immediately after the earthquake and I know full well the extent of the damage. That’s why I’d like, once again, to invite our construction companies, equipment manufacturers and citizens to contact us, and we’ll help them in coordinating the reconstruction,” said Cagalj, praising the understanding of the Civil Protection Headquarters, which reacted promptly and lifted the ban.

According to the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK), this is a real opportunity to incorporate Croatian materials into damaged buildings and houses, thus helping the citizens affected by the earthquake, as well as our own companies in the construction sector.

“That’s why we’d like to invite domestic manufacturers of building materials, paints and varnishes and all other equipment needed for damage repair to become more actively involved in the reconstruction action, and we urge citizens to buy Croatian products as much as possible,” Cagalj said.

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