Mid-season sales aimed at boosting the flagging retail market will be starting in most parts of the country on Wednesday, November 1, and running for two weeks through Wednesday, November 15.
According to legislation, regional authorities are allowed to determine when they want to hold the discounted shopping period, meaning that places such as Evros, Rodopi, the islands of the Dodecanese and part of Iraklio in Crete have set different dates for their autumn sales. In Thessaloniki, meanwhile, the sales period will be shorter, from this Wednesday until Friday, November 10.
The law also allows shopkeepers and retail chain owners to stay open on the first Sunday of the month, an option that is usually restricted to high-street shopping districts like Ermou in downtown Athens. On Sunday, November 5, shops can stay open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.