The store, which was initially to remain closed until July 10, won its case before the judge of the interim liberty of the Administrative Court of Paris. This Thursday morning, a few dozen customers were on hand to be the first to walk the aisles of the department store in the 9th arrondissement. "It gives life to the capital, which is very sad at the moment," says Christine, 59.
While opposite, the larger Galeries Lafayette remain curtain down until further notice, Printemps is now authorized to welcome up to 8,000 daily customers. "It's still three to four times less than normal," says Pierre Pelarrey, general manager of the store, who does not expect a return to normal before at least January 2021.