THE opening of the multinational store Ikea, and its attached commercial macroárea of 300,000 square metres as envisaged in the Rabasa urban plan, will cause the closure of 30 percent of provincial trade within just two years, says the Alicante Provincial Association of Furniture Related Trade (ACOMA).
This prediction was made last week to Reuters News Agency by Victor Sanchez, President of ACOMA, when also confirming that his association had lodged a formal objection to the proposed development with
“Much is at risk here though it might sound spurious, as the nearby
“We (people) want this type of shopping centre because the complex is so big it is self sustaining and we don’t need to leave the area” he said. However he added “the traditional trade in nearby towns will disappear” with the wider social impact that this entails.
Sr. Sanchez insisted that these large commercial areas not affect only the furniture industry but business in general, as he says has occurred in the metropolitan area of
In his view, this has made
The warning is clear: Unchecked and badly planned developments, though successful in themselves, take business from an already fragile surrounding retail sector, and if Sr. Sanchez is correct the future looks uncertain for trade outlets outside Ikeas magnetic draw.
By Paul Deed