Restaurants and coffee houses seemed to be the big winners this Pesach, especially restaurants that offered kosher menus.
The BIG Shopping Centers chain reported a 7% rise in the number of visitors compared to Passover 2008, and a 25% rise compared to an ordinary weekday.
The Café Café chain reported fivefold turnover in its kosher branches during the holiday, and three times as many customers in its non-kosher branches.
Five thousand people visited the Ikea restaurant in Netanya at the start of the week of Pesach – a record number since its opening. The furniture store also reported a 4% rise in customers and a 10% rise in sales.
On Sunday, some 22,000 people visited Ikea on Sunday, compared to 7,000 – 8,000 customers on a regular day.
The Azrieli Malls Group and Israel Malls reported a number of visitors similar to last year, while Dizengoff Center in Tel Aviv reported a 3% increase in visitors, mainly thanks to the new wing recently opened in the mall.
"Even though it's a similar number of visitors and it seems that turnover remained unchanged, it's a rise compared to the rest of the year," said Ofer Shechter, CEO of the Promall management company.