27 April, 2012

Coming in Angers : two giant outlets for a shrinking wallet

After the opening of a "commercial park" at the North West of Angers, a "sports and leisures village" will open in the South. Of course, the two complex will work on different fields, the world of home for the first, the body for the second but they will both live thanks to the money of a single wallet. And the wallet of Angers inhabitants is not indefinitely extensible.

What people are not always aware is the leisure time is a marketable time. "Enjoy sports" writes the Angers city website. Near Decathlon, Angers inhabitants will find a Monclub Futbol center, a Family Planet space or a spa. Near the widened Oxylane Village, another commercial complex will be set up dedicated to culture and leisures : the Arena. Cinemas and a giant bookstore will take place as well as a restaurant pole. That perspective will not give confidence to shops in Angers downtown.

Such projects will be fine if the finances of the Angers households were soaring. But it is not the case and even the opposite. Moreover, what will be the stance of Angers if the managers of the stores decide to open all sunday long? Because, of course, sunday is the family day for leisure. Will the rules be different at Atoll and Oxylane?

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