Twelve stores violated the law by selling goods to customers on a public holiday, the Czech Inspection Office reported on Saturday following checks around the country on October 28. In line with a new law outlets bigger than 200 square meters must remain closed on eight public holidays, among them Czechoslovak Independence Day, Christmas, Easter Monday and May 8. Violation of the law can be fined by up to one million crowns (37,000 euros). Some stores in Prague stayed open for PR events on the day. According to a poll conducted by the Median agency the majority of Czechs do not have a problem with this, but some entrepreneurs have argued it could lead to lay-offs.
A huge outlet retail centre is set to open near Prague’s Václav Havel Airport in autumn next year. Named Prague The Style Outlets, the centre will feature 190 shops on an area of 30,000 square metres, according to a news release on Tuesday from its backers, the companies Neinver and The Prague Outlet. The outlet centre, which will cost over CZK 1 billion to complete, will be the third facility of its kind in the Czech Republic.
A massive anti-flood exercise took place in Prague on Saturday. Some 350 fire-fighters, rescue workers and other city employees have raised over one kilometer of barriers by the Vltava River at the Holešovice district. The overall anti-flood measures are nearly 20 kilometers long and have cost the city around three billion crowns. The massive exercise, the biggest since 2011, cost over one million crowns.
The largest outlet shopping centre in the Czech Republic is set to open next year in the vicinity of the Václav Havel International Airport in Prague. The centre, which will cover an area of roughly 20,000 square metres. It will offer around 100 shops. At the moment, there are two large outlet centres in the Czech Republic, the Freeport Fashion Outlet in Hatě near Znojmo and Fashion Arena Outlet Centre in Prague’s district of Štěrboholy.
Prague Police have admitted error on the part of officers who responded to an attack by a 33-year-old woman against a stranger in a café restroom; according to a statement by police spokeswoman Andrea Zoulová, officers failed to assess the seriousness of the situation and to relay important information about the attack to doctors at a psychiatric clinic where the suspect was taken. The woman was released not long after and later fatally stabed a person at a Prague shopping mall. The General Inspection of the Security Forces is investigating how the initial incident was handled by responding officers.
The Municipal Court this week rejected a legal complaint by Prague 7 residents who had hoped to block the construction of a shopping and administrative complex on Veletržní Street. The news was released by Václav Matoušek, the head of the firm behind the development project, the British firm Lordship. Permit has been given for construction to begin on lower parking levels of the site but questions remain over the building above ground. The matter is currently being negotiated with the local administration. The local city hall has charged the firm had not met all terms agreed in a contract signed with the previous administration. City Hall has been against the project long-term, as the site was meant to include a memorial and new apartments. The firm had threatened to take the matter to arbitration court but its boss has suggested some headway in talks has been made.