Retailers want more tourists for the summer sales but they can’t cope as it is

Retailers want more tourists for the summer sales but they can’t cope as it is.


Om Saturday evening I bit the bullet and mounted operation summer shop. I had already been well informed by good sources that most of the large high street retailers had already dropped their prices so I decided against waiting for the sales.

Now, I have admit I don’t like shopping at the best of times. I shop when I need to and having stepped out of the office at the end of another busy week, my stress levels were already high. However, I got off to a good start. First stop was in a large store which belongs to the retail group owned by one of Spain’s, if not the world’s, biggest retail tycoons and it really did not take long to find a few items which I liked.

However, I then went on the hunt for the changing rooms in the men’s department - closed. Everyone had to use the ones on the second floor where I stumbled across a queue of some 30 people. Had I been on my own I would have aborted the mission immediately, but despite breaking out into a cold sweat, I was ordered to stick it out.

I did, but needless to stay both trousers were slightly too small so off my companion had to trek to source larger sizes. My changing room was slowly becoming a sauna, but the trousers came, fit and out, phew. Then I had to wait behind the same number of people to pay. Deep breath and shop two, same all over again. Two-and-a-half hours later, mission completed. If there were tourists here I have no idea how the shops would have coped.


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