Farewell Almacenes Gonar – Mooching around Spain


I was walking down calle Bravo Murillo in Madrid last week. The street is not on any tourist routes and could never be described as charming or anything – it is certainly not fashionable or cool in any way – but I like it because it’s lined with the kind of unglamorous neighbourhood bars and shops that make Madrid what it is, reflecting the traditional and multicultural communities that live in the area.
Like everywhere, however, the old establishments are disappearing. This is Almacenes Gonar, which was founded on another site down the road in 1929 and has been at number 156 since 1932. All that time, it has been run by the González family, but they are now reluctantly throwing in the towel, unable to survive in the modern age of internet shopping and department stores – as well as an ever decreasing demand for sturdy undergarments presumably.
Unusually in our youth-orientated world,  they are more interested in selling the things elderly people want to buy and…

This is only a snippet of a Spain Travel Article written by Annie Bennett

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