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Denis Coderre pitches 24-hour stores in Montreal

04/17/2015 07:53 EDT | Updated 07/02/2015 02:59 EDT
Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has an idea for drumming up business in the downtown core.

He wants businesses in the Quartier des spectacles, the Latin Quarter and the gay village to have the option of staying open at all hours.

Coderre said Thursday that the move would allow the city to have a better offering of services for people who are out and about overnight, and help boost the economy. He also wants to bring back the idea of extended bar hours.

Currently, only businesses in Old Montreal, Chinatown and the casino, as well as businesses designated by the province as tourist zones, can stay open 'round the clock.

Downtown businesses can also have their doors open outside of normal business operating hours, but only on the weekends, from 5 p.m.to 8 p.m.

These exceptions were authorized in 2010 by the provincial government for a period of five years. The pilot expires on May 24.

Coderre wants to take advantage of the expiration to stretch the tourist zones.

"I think that would be great, especially now that the summer is coming. We're going to have a lot of tourists and it's an opportunity for everyone to benefit from that," said Adam Madad of Tabagie Sara.

However, some people don't think that's such a great idea.

"I don't know. In the middle of the night, it's kind of strange. Maybe a liquor store. Or a drugstore, something like that. But not clothes," said Stephanie Dufaud of Boutique Olam.

  

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