According to a new Gallup poll which will be presented at a conference in the City Hall tomorrow, 43.6 percent of the inhabitants in Reykjavík hardly ever shop in their own city center.
One fifth of participants, or 20.9 percent, said they never go to stores in downtown Reykjavík, while 22.7 percent shop less than once a month in the city center, Fréttabladid reports.
“It is worrying for all city dwellers that only part of Reykjavík’s inhabitants go downtown for shopping,” said Júlíus Vífill Ingvarsson, who is the leader of the organization Reykjavík City Center founded yesterday.
Three representatives from Reykjavík City Council and four heads of businesses are members of the organization. The organization was founded “to secure good cooperation because a lot of changes have been planned for the city in the next few years,” Ingvarsson explained.
“We are certain that we will be able to present the city center as an enjoyable place for shopping,” Ingvarsson added.
The theme of the City Hall conference tomorrow will be: “How do we strengthen trade and service in downtown Reykjavík?”