12-08-2010M.A.

By Francisco Cortez

Inca council is considering the possibility of accepting  new trade laws that would allow businesses to extend their opening hours, despite the opposition from  small business owners.

Palma.—Small shop owners feel the new law would only benefit large superstores, which if allowed to extend their opening hours, could mean a loss of trade for them.
The new trading law, affecting municipalities which have a large number of visitors every year, would allow businesses whose premises are over 300 square metres to open on Sundays and bank holidays.
And despite the opposition from  small business owners, local Mayor Rafel Torres said yesterday, that it would probably be the way forward for the region.
“We are the capital of the municipality and as such we must provide the best service possible to our visitors.”
An opinion not shared by Bernat Coll, president of Pimeco, entity that represents small and medium businesses in the region, who said that this measure “will only benefit large businesses” and as such, Pimeco must “try and protect everyone else’s interests.”

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