Small shops have launched a cry for help in Palma claiming that that many will be forced to close unless urgent action is taken by the authorities. This is a rather amazing state of affairs when you consider that thousands of cruise ship passengers come ashore every day during the summer months along with a similar number of tourists staying in hotels and apartments. And then of course there is the resident population. So why are times so hard on the high street when many believe that the city is overcrowded during the key summer months?

Obviously, there is no simple answer but perhaps more flexible opening hours is the solution. Shopping trends are changing, people want to shop when they want to shop and not when the shop is open! The growth in internet sales has come about and people can buy from the comfort of their own home or office. So imagine if shops during the summer months are open all day; the shutters go up as soon as the cruise ship docks and they remain open until the ship departs.

Perhaps, more opening times in the summer and less in the winter is the answer. I must admit I am always amazed to see that all shops are open on a Monday when there is little or no trade but all are closed on a Sunday when would-be shoppers have more time. Something has to change and change is hard but it would be a great pity if the smaller shops disappeared from Palma because of a lack of trade.


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Palmadave / Hace 8 months

Change the record Jason. If you want 7 day a week shopping go and live in the UK or at least get off your high horse and ask the RESIDENTS what they think.


Britbabe / Hace 8 months

OK Jason, now Brexit has been exhausted ( hopefully ! ) you´re back to the Sunday opening soapbox. My opinion, for what it´s worth, is that if you own a shop, you should be able to open it as and when you and your staff would like to. Shops aren´t controlled by licencing hours and in different areas, different types of shops have varying busy times. Let the owners decide what is best for them.


osn / Hace 8 months

I doubt that cruise passengers represent much of a customer base for Palma's shops. Most of the cruise ships that come to Palma are either on their way from, or to Barcelona, which has a much bigger range of shops and bigger branches than Palma. If you are planning to go shopping while on your cruise, I suspect you save your pennies until you get to Barcelona.


John Parkinson / Hace 8 months

Let’s no forget work,life balance for the workers,probably on the lowest rate of pay.