Selling fresh cut fruit to tourists has been one way traditional fruit stalls in Barcelona’s famous Boqueria market have adapted to changing times, a local newspaper reports today.
Covering debate over a new local government rule designed to curb crowds during the market’s busiest times, the newspaper 20 Minutos said some stallholders support the measure while others find it absurd.
In prohibiting the entry of groups of 15 or more people with a guide from the opening of business on Friday and Saturdays until 3pm, the council has said it was acting in response to requests from businesses at the market concerned about crowds making it hard for customers to shop at the market, which is just off the popular boulevard La Rambla.
20 Minutos said Jordi Tinoco is among those against the restricted access. “Our fruit stall was a traditional one and we had to throw out a lot of produce that didn’t sell but the management knew how to modernise and now we offer cut fruit that tourists buy and that’s going really well for us,” he was quoted as saying.
Source: 20 Minutos