Orleans (Loiret) has chosen to maintain its summer clearance sale, which begins this Thursday, August 27. The businesses unpack their unsold items until Sunday. “It’s vital for us. We lost two months of activity during the confinement ”, underlines Valérie Cayet, manager of Valithéa, a women’s ready-to-wear boutique.
With the support of the town hall and the Umih, the Vitrines d’Orléans association funded four-euro vouchers to be used in bars and restaurants. And she printed her clearance posters, plastered all over town. “All the mid-season stocks are there, and we must sell them if we want to start again on a good basis”, continues the trader, who provides for discounts of “50% and more”.
The return of associations canceled
On the side of consumers crossed in the streets of the city, the event is expected, despite the Covid-19 epidemic. “This clearance sale contributes to the life of the city center. And then it is spread over four days, unlike Lille or Tours, for example, ”comments Céline, who came to do some scouting this Thursday. “We can not stop everything because of the disease”, supports Benoît, an executive in insurance, who adds: “There are new cases returning from vacation, but hospitalizations are decreasing”.
The Loiret department is however the one with the highest incidence rate in the Center-Val-de-Loire region, with 49.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, and has just been placed in the red zone like 20 other departments. , joining Sarthe, Bouches-du-Rhône or Paris.
This maintenance decided by the team of the mayor (LR) Serge Grouard made the opposition react, especially since the return to the associations of September 6 was canceled. Two weights, two measures, deplores in substance Baptiste Chapuis (PS), who regrets this hard blow for the 500 associations which recruit their members on this occasion. Ditto for Yann Chaillou (LREM): “We could have imagined meetings by district”, he says.