Meanwhile, shopkeepers and managers of bars, cafés and restaurants said yesterday that they would look favourably on the Council not making a decision on the matter until they have had time to deliberate on it.
Bartolomé Servera, the President of small to medium-sized business association Afedeco said that shops and businesses will need to make an effort to shift up a gear and adapt to the needs of the potential client market.
But he cautioned the Council by saying that forcing traders to abide by a decree without their consent is not going to automatically result in livening the economy in the city. It would be an error to do so, he said. Bernat Coll, President of small businesses association Pimeco was not so keen. He said that the areas of particular interest for tourists have already been marked out but the numbers of shoppers hasn't increased.
He said that the Council's intentions may mean the end of the small trader. More hours open doesn't necessarily mean extra cash, nor jobs, he alleged.
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