Lorient: Traders Questioned on the Future of the Town Centre

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Lorient Traders questioned about the future of the Town centre

Between February and April 2018, opposition politicians on the right conducted a survey, in the form of a questionnaire, with merchants from Lorient

Between February and April 2018, opposition politicians on the right conducted a survey, in the form of a questionnaire, with merchants from Lorient. The goal: to collect their proposals to improve the attractiveness of the city center. Among these: more parking, free transport on weekends or even more entertainment.

Thursday, June 29, 2018, during the city council of Lorient, lively discussions took place on the future of the hyper-center and its attractiveness.

Fabrice Loher, leader of the opposition, took the opportunity to unveil a survey of downtown merchants. This is in the form of a questionnaire, and was conducted from mid-February to mid-April 2018. 151 businesses responded.

“People knew that it was the Union for Lorient, says Fabrice Loher, but it was not a political step on our part. Above all, we wanted to meet the traders and give them the floor to look for solutions. “

To the question “Did you suffer a loss of turnover in 2017? “ 80 traders responded ” yes “ , 36 responded ” no “ and 35 did not respond.

Among the causes mentioned, the removal of parking spaces (76%) and the lack of entertainment (24%). Works and the opening of shops on the outskirts were also mentioned.

Christmas animations

Regarding the Christmas animations, 105 traders out of 151 found them “sad” or non-existent.They regret the lack of market, ice rink, and late illuminations.



As for the proposals, the traders mention the possibility of a free shuttle to reach the city center; free transportation on weekends; limit delivery times until noon and return parking spaces; no longer increase the market fees (for the braderie for example); more year-round entertainment a  pre-emptive right of the City to face the commercial vacancy …

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