Saturday, February 11, 2006

Shopping Center Wars

Ever since we have lived in Aveyron, we have been aware of a persistent rumor: there will soon be a Décathlon superstore in the Rodez area. This time, though, there is some truth to the matter: on February 22nd, the Commission Départementale d'Equipement Commercial will vote on whether to allow the construction of a 16,855 square meter shopping center that would include a Décathlon superstore, among others. The local Chamber of Commerce, one of the six members of the commission, just announced it will vote against the project, but the mayors of Rodez, the Rodez district, and neighboring Onet-le-Château will likely vote for it. Rodez is currently without a huge suburban chain store zone, but for how long?

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