The shops in the Rue Neuve in Brussels will continue to open one Sunday a month. This is despite the fact the shopping centre City 2 will no longer participate in the operation, owing to its renovation. The Brussels alderwomen with responsibility for Economic Affairs, Marion Lemesre, confirmed this on Monday, refuting information which had appeared in several media outlets.
The alderwoman emphasized in a communiqué, “Sunday opening remains a measure to assist businesses, which have been victims of the economic situation and the decrease in footfall in the city centre, to thrive.”
She also proffered in the statement, “It offsets days of poor performance in the week, as well as responding to new customer demand, with customers now wishing to shop every day.”
Mrs Lemesre confirms that the shops on the Rue Neuve have been able to open on the first Sunday of the month since February. The footfall in this shopping thoroughfare has only increased since that time.
The shopping centre City 2 has decided, for economic reasons, not to participate in Sunday opening, with its renovation in particular having a bearing upon this. However, other businesses are pleased to pursue the initiative.