ALICANTE City’s large stores in Avenida Maisonnave must close on Sundays and National holidays.
Apart from the 10 annual fiesta days authorised by the regional government, the Maisonnave stores, including two El Corte Ingles centres, must remain closed although smaller shops can still trade.
The three-party local government proposed the Sunday closing to assist smaller businesses, and applied to the Generalitat for permission to enforce the ruling, explained municipal spokesman Natxo Bellido.
The decision to reduce the perimeter of the designated ‘Major tourist area’, where Sunday and National holiday opening is permitted, was made last October.
This now includes popular shopping areas like Calle Canalejas, Calvo Sotelo, the Rambla, Esplanade and the Old Quarter but excludes the big chains.
The regional government has now ratified the city hall proposal and instead of taking the usual three months to respond, replied within six weeks, prompting Alicante mayor Gabriel Echavarri to applaud its rapidity.