The government recently declared a moratorium on supermarkets in Aruba.
They did a research on supermarkets on the island. The results confirm that there’s a total of 185 supermarkets (and mini markets).
There’s about 2 supermarkets per 1000 inhabitants – which is too much according to the Aruban government.
In the past 5 years the total amount of supermarkets in Aruba grew from 90 to a total of 185, while the population didn’t change too much.
The Aruba Trade & Industry Association agrees with the decision of the government to declare moratorium on supermarkets, because the amount of supermarkets is excessive compared to the amount of people on the island.
All petitions to open a supermarket will be denied, only the requests before May 23, 2017 will be processed.
The moratorium is for two years.
In my opinion the government should also control the supermarkets to watch if they are keeping their prices fair, and not charging too much on their products compared to other supermarkets.
Post by Angelo Limon
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