The city of Groningen has a lot of coffee shops and hairdressers, but not enough unique and diverse stores, according to some shoppers who were interviewed by the Dagblad van het Noorden. They say that the city center lacks variety and originality, and that they would like to see more local and independent businesses.
One of the shoppers, Marianne, said that she often goes to other cities like Leeuwarden or Zwolle to find more interesting and special shops. She says that Groningen has too many chain stores and franchises, and that she misses the charm and character of the old days.
Another shopper, Peter, agrees that Groningen needs more unique stores, especially for men. He says that he has trouble finding clothes and accessories that suit his style and taste, and that he often resorts to online shopping. He says that he would like to see more stores that offer quality and craftsmanship, rather than mass-produced and cheap products.
Some of the shoppers also complain that the city center is too crowded and noisy, and that they prefer to shop in quieter and more spacious areas. They say that the city should invest more in improving the accessibility and attractiveness of the outer districts, and that they should create more green spaces and parks.
However, not all shoppers are dissatisfied with the current situation. Some of them said that they enjoy the convenience of the city center, and that they appreciate the coffee shops and hairdressers. They say that they like to combine shopping with socializing and relaxing, and that they find the city center lively and vibrant.
The city of Groningen has been trying to attract more diverse stores, by offering subsidies and incentives to entrepreneurs and start-ups. The city also has a program called ‘Groningen Vernieuwt’, which aims to revitalize and spruce up the city center. The program includes projects such as creating more pedestrian zones, renovating old buildings, and organizing cultural events.