76% of the downtown merchants worried

76% des commer├žants du centre-ville inquiets

For the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, the boss of the Chamber of commerce, Michel Leblanc, portrait, real, and very dark situation in the city centre of Montreal.

Michel Leblanc has revealed that the business community had been surveyed and that 76% of respondents to the shops and services are very concerned about the situation in the city centre.

“Their concern is due to the total absence of customers. The companies had stated, two months ago, they expected to meet up to 20% of their workers, but the reality is quite different. It is around 5% of traffic in the office towers,” explained Michel Leblanc.

The latter is launching a rallying call for Montrealers to come and boost the economy of the heart of the city.

“There are no international tourists, very few tourists quebecers and not the students. In fact, Montreal is suffering, the city centre suffers. It is half-starved for traders. The numbers are incredibly low,” added Mr. Leblanc.

“For example, restaurant owners who offer the service lunch served in advance of the pandemic, up to 300 people. Now, they are going to make eight covered. Shops that [were] sixty clients at the end of the day will receive one-to-one”, he laments.

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