Traders have not all experienced the same reality

Not all merchants have experienced the same reality ;


A few weeks before the start of the school year, merchants in the Quebec region are divided. While some are delighted with the traffic during the summer season, others note that the sales figures are down.

It must be admitted that the answers are very different , depending on the sectors of activity and the location of the business. 

The several hundred thousand people who visited the Mosaïcultures not only caused traffic jams near the Parc du Bois-de-Coulonge, but visitors also strolled around the area, notably on the famous Rue Maguire in Sillery.

General Manager of the Maguire Business Development Corporation, Bruno Salvail says having an event of this magnitude nearby is a treat.

“We would take Mosaïcultures every year. There is life west of Cartier Avenue,” he says.

“We had a few more tourists, we had more English speakers than usual [. ..] it was really good, more passers-by,” says Kimiko Lamothe-Pouliot, co-owner of the Montego. 


In the Old Port area of ​​Quebec, restaurant owners on the pedestrianized rue Saint-Paul are reporting positive results for July and early August. 

The manager of the Bistro St-Malo, Yan Gilbert-Potvin, explains that the customers are there. Various activities such as the Grands Feux Loto Québec attract their share of people.

“Business is going well. We are lucky to have a Saint-Paul street that was renovated last year, so it's fantastic,” he says. 

He adds that local merchants will also benefit cruise ships in the coming weeks.

A few steps further, the discourse is different for the co-owners of the Galerie d'art Saint-Paul, Carole Pépin and Pierre Bédard, who never regained the sales rhythm of 2019, before the pandemic.

Carole Pépin and Pierre Bédard, co-owners of the Saint-Paul Art Gallery on Saint-Paul Street in Quebec City, are disappointed with the traffic in their business since the beginning of the summer.

“We need outside customers for our type of business,” they say.

They are optimistic all the same since Europeans and Asians traditionally travel in late summer and early fall.

Capricious weather

< p>The merchants interviewed are unanimous on one point: the capricious weather has been an obstacle for customers.

This is the case of the 737, near the airport at L'Ancienne-Lorette. The owner, Dany Gagnon, is satisfied with his second season. However, last year he did not have to cancel a single show at the single site which launched operations in mid-July. This year, it's just the opposite. 

“In 2022, we must have close to ten evenings that have been canceled or cut short by the weather […] Sometimes, thunderstorms emptied the site at the start of the evening,” he laments.

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