Shops extend hours in runup to Easter

Shopkeepers are extending their working hours in the runup to Greek Orthodox Easter on April 15 in a bid to bolster the sluggish consumer market.

With Easter being the biggest holiday of the year for Greeks, shops will be open this Thursday and Friday, and from Monday through Thursday next week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. This Saturday they will be open until 6 p.m., on Good Friday until 7 p.m. and on Holy Saturday they will close at 3 p.m.

All shops will remain closed on Easter Sunday and the following Monday, April 16, returning to regular summer opening hours on Tuesday, April 17.

The president of the association of butchers are Athens’s Varvakeios Market said on Thursday that consumers seem to be responding to the cheaper prices that can be found at the capital’s central market, where lamb — the traditional Easter fare — is fetching 6-7 euros a kilo, although they are purchasing smaller quantities compared to previous years.