The city of Echternach, in eastern Luxembourg, plans on becoming a "City Outlet" by spring 2024.

Echternach has been struggling for years with empty stores and the lack of local business people. To counter the problem, the city developed a plan in 2017 that would transform Echternach into a "City Outlet", that would accommodate big brands in pedestrian zones or on the market square. This would spread out the stores, instead of creating a large building complex that houses all the stores.

The project would make use of the "46 business premises with a total area of 7,000 squre metres" which are currently empty, according to Mayor Yves Wengler from CSV (Christian Social People's Party). The outlets would specifically focus on outdoor activity and hiking sports gear, given the proximity of the Müllerthal region which is a UNESCO Global Geopark.

Read: Mullerthal awarded UNESCO 'Global Park' status and our Knowledge Bites piece to get to know the park.

The project is set to be done by spring 2024, but construction work has yet to be implemented.

The project has been met with some opposition from the Green councilors, who argued that outlets create "mass instead of class" and the sustainability aspect of the outlet has yet to be discussed. A motion has been submitted that local businesses also be involved in the project, to which the Luxembourg Socialist Workers' Party (LSAP) and Christian Social People's Party (CSV) councilors didn't oppose.