By Euro Weekly News Media • 25 January 2013 • 11:00
SHOPS in Alicante city centre can open on Sundays now that former restrictions have been relaxed.
They can take advantage of modifications in the law because those located in the Old Quarter, Mercado Central area and the Ensanche are classed as a “tourist zone.”
Smaller towns are keen to take advantage of the new regulations, including Alfaz del Pi.
Mayor Vicente Arques wants the regional government to declare the town “of tourist interest.” This would allow large supermarkets to open on Sundays, explained an Alfaz town hall communiqué.
The council took this step following requests from local businesses. It is also in line with the town hall’s policy of promoting local trade, he added.
“We need to boost a sector that is vital to our economy,” said town hall spokesman, Toni Such. Alfaz and and its Albir coastal zone meet all the requirements for the coveted “tourist interest” status, he maintained.
The town already hosts important sporting, cultural and social events, he said.
It is now preparing detailed information for the regional government, listing the characteristics that make the town and its population eligible for the “tourist interest” label.
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