With the FestiVoix now over, merchants in downtown Trois-Rivières are giving a positive assessment of the event. Monster traffic resulted in the best sales figures of the past two years.
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When the shelves are empty, it's usually a good sign. Employees of businesses in downtown Trois-Rivières are in filling mode, since sales were very strong during the FestiVoix, which was held from June 30 to July 10.
There were several local festival-goers, but also tourists from all over Quebec. The latter did not hesitate to spend in restaurants as in shops.
For many businesses, the FestiVoix period is the busiest of the year. There was a lot of back and forth. Restaurants and shops took the opportunity to extend their opening hours. This is the case of Le Brun en ville, which kept its doors open some evenings until past midnight, said its manager, Martine Bergeron, Monday, in an interview with the TVA Nouvelles camera.
Restaurant owners have had a bit of a hard time because the labor shortage has made itself felt. The owner of Le Brunch restaurant would have liked to have three times as many employees, but his team still managed the crowds well.
The sequence of Harmonium symphonique shows at the Cogeco Amphitheater allowed merchants to prepare for the busy FestiVoix. Companies are therefore expecting another increase in the number of customers with the many performances of the Cirque du Soleil show Vive nos divas, still at the Cogeco Amphitheater, starting July 20.