The Cartagena Street Sales Cooperative will ask the City Council tomorrow for a “gradual” return to the normal operation of the markets, between August and September, depending on the relaxation of the pandemic. “We want to return to one hundred percent occupation and regrouping,” explained its president, Pedro Furió. Yesterday, Furió was at the Cenit flea market, in which the security measures are maintained that assume that a dozen vendors are displaced around the shopping arcade and outside the esplanade where the rest are located. “That hurts us. And there are colleagues from outside Cartagena who have stopped coming. I myself, who live here, come every other week, “said Ahmed Lahlou, who is not a newcomer. He has been licensed at Cenit for more than 15 years to sell footwear. “And my father had it before me,” she said.
At the Zenith “you see more people browsing than in other years around this time. Selling a lot is already more difficult, but at least there is movement, “explained José Fernández. “They mostly come for discounts on swimwear and T-shirts.”
Pedro Furió is also pending the adaptation of the criteria for improvements in the arrangement of positions and the subsequent filling of vacancies. At the Cenit there will be about 50. And in all the markets of Cartagena, almost 300, “he said.
The main operating problems currently occur in the summer of Los Urrutias and Los Nietos “to which almost no customers go,” said the representative of the sellers, who stressed that the one in Cabo de Palos “is working well.”
In the meeting with the City Council, Furió will also ask that the 15% of positions reserved by Social Services be preferably for people under 25 years of age and over 55 and that the picaresque of underhand transfers be avoided.