By Venessa Anthony
Strings of lights and tinsel adorn the streets, shops are gearing up for Christmas sales, and Lady J, situated in the heart of Colombo, with a branch in Maharagama, is all set for the holidays.
Lady J has an excess of 40,000 square feet of shopping space, and over five stories – they truly live up to their tagline “Everything under one roof”.
Their Maharagama branch, run by Managing Director Anuruddha Wijerathne, was initiated upon his deep-rooted family values, emotional intelligence and passion to bring people together. His empathy and easy-going personality and his in-laws, the founders of the Lady J chain J.G. Sumanapala and Dharmalatha Akuregoda with their longstanding customer-centric business approach, aided in turning a newly opened store to a much talked about success and has the public flocking to the outlet.
Lady J aims to live up to their customer’s expectations by providing them with anything and everything one could need; be it homeware, glasswear, cosmetics, clothes, or toys, they can all be found under one roof. They aspire to give their clients the best value for money and provide them with everyday necessities at a very reasonable price.
Speaking about their clothing range, Wijerathne commented: “We have a wide range of clothes for every audience; from infants to kids, ladies and gents, including nightwear, undergarments and casual clothing – you name it, we have it.”
He also proudly stated that they have one of the largest homeware ranges in Sri Lanka. Lady J is very hospitable to all their customers, with their fresh, progressive concepts in providing their clients with an international standard shopping experience. They are also the only shopping mall in Sri Lanka that has strollers for parents with kids at the entrance of the mall to ease both the child’s and the parents’ experience. They also provide wheelchairs upon request and the whole mall is wheelchair-accessible, which is a very thoughtful concept.
Going into detail on their other facilities, they also have a kids play area, and a mothers’ room for moms with infants to breastfeed, while they also provide diapers, completely free of charge, living up to their reputation as a family-friendly mall. They also have a fast-food restaurant outside the mall and a mini food store inside the mall. They encourage families to use Lady J as a meeting point, where family and friends can get their shopping done and also sit together for a quick meal. Both food outlets are also priced at reasonable rates, giving Lady J quite the competitive edge.
Wijerathne touched on their company policy, that his father-in-law who is the Chairman of Lady J, is very big on: “Do not buy things you don’t need.” This policy is imposed firmly at Lady J, where customers are never pressured into buying products that they do not require, and instead show the best of what they need. Many tend to overspend, especially during the Christmas season, but if you shop at Lady J, they’ll ensure you don’t go overboard and buy products you don’t need! The salespeople are quite friendly and approachable and happy to help with any inquiry the customer may have. Lady J promotes buying sustainably, which is very important nowadays, with declining environmental conditions.
By making the experience affordable and of the best quality they have created a place for shopping with leisure for the entire family. Lady J Maharagama and Borella outlets are open every day during the festive season, so if you need to get your Christmas shopping out of the way, we suggest you head on over to Lady J, as they have something for everyone!