08 April, 2011

Summer comes back for Angers down town customers and shopkeepers

With the increase of temperatures in Angers and, in some locations recently redevelopped, new terraces, people gather in open air to take benefit of the beginning of summer and the lengthening of days. At Sainte-Croix or Ralliement square, tables and chairs are out and some of them are yet covered by large and colourful sun umbrellas.

The customers themselves have yet adopter a summery look. The overcoats, raincoats, scarves and gloves are shunt aside up to the next winter. They let room to shorts, t-shirts and sport shoes. Some of the pedestrians are even dressed as if they were going at the seaside. In spite of the fact the atmosphere may again get colder, in their mind, people seems quite relaxed. The cheerfulness is visible and audible.

Of course, along the winners of that mild spring are the cafés and restaurants which after a long winter both climatic and economic (because of the three years of works on the streetcar line in down town) are smiling again. According to one of them who bought his brasserie in 2008 at Ralliement square, and who got a loss of 50% of his sales (while he only planned -30%) during those years, the return of summer is really appreciated...

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