02 November, 2011

In a day dedicated to defuncts, Angers consumers look alive

On Thursday, the weather was nice and the temperature was mild, 18° in Angers. It was really a beautiful weather for spending time en famille... to go for shopping in the local superstores opened on a day dedicated to memory of defuncts. The wish of the mayors of Angers Loire Métropole, the protests of Angers section of Europe Ecology Les Verts and of Jean-Luc Rotureau, deputy-mayor of Angers, on behalf the left group of the Conseil général de Maine et Loire, apparently didn't dissuade the families to do what they wanted.

If they were not full, the parking lots of the Carrefour superstores of Grand Maine and Saint-Serge were nevertheless well filled up by cars. Apparently, the Angers consumers didn't come there only for vital purchases. Near Carrefour Saint-Serge, the parking lot of the Conforama store was itself crowded, and that brand is not famous for its food products... 

These facts seem to contradict the opinions of these political representatives opposed to the opening of superstores on Sundays. Families could not be sensitive to their arguments : the attachment of Angers inhabitants to a day for family leisure or the doubt about their purchasing power if the stores are opened all week long (could it increase if they were closed two days a week?). Of course, November 1st wasn't a Sunday but it is nevertheless a no working day. So where is the difference? 

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