Stores in Malaga, Benalmádena, Estepona, Fuengirola, Manilva, Nerja, Marbella, Mijas, Rincon de la Victoria and Torremolinos are now opening their doors seven days a week until September 15 to “take advantage of an influx of toursits”.
Of all the municipalities, the only one with restrictions is the capital, where only businesses located in the Historical Centre, in the Port area (including Pier One) and in the Cruz de Humilladero open shopping center will be able to open.
And El Corte Inglés and the shopping centers Larios Centro, Vialia, Malaga Plaza, Plaza Mayor, McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, and Rosaleda will have to close on regional holidays Sunday, July 5, Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, September 6.
The news will be a huge relief to businesses forces to close for more than two months and missed out on sales as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Despite the uncertainty, they are confident that sales will be good despite the fact that the influx of visitors will be lower than in other years due to the arrival of fewer tourists. In the capital, by contrast, consider that the Andalusian administration should have had a gesture with them and allowed them to open exceptionally to overcome this period of crisis.
According to a study by the user organisation OCU, 61 percent of shoppers are expected to spend an average of €99 euros during this summer period.
Some 44 percent of consumers are likely to spend more or less the same as last year and just over half, 53 percent, intend to watch the pennies more stringently than they did in 2019.
Only three percent surveyed said they will be spending more.