Why the shutters are coming down on many of Spain’s Chinese bazaars

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The brutal blow to consumption triggered by the coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on Asian traders running Chinese bazaars in the biggest Spanish cities. Many of these large stores are now either empty or in the process of shutting up shop as their owners return to China in significant numbers.

“Health comes first,” is a common observation among these shopkeepers. Many have been against the relaxation of mask-wearing rules outdoors during the fifth wave of the pandemic in Spain and are moving to their country to get vaccinated and start over back home. Others, however, are taking advantage of the current economic recovery to shift location to the suburbs while a third even more enterprising group is choosing to reinvent itself.

+INFO: El País

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