ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It’s been a great holiday for shoppers and businesses in Albuquerque, all thanks to free shopping in Nob Hill and downtown this year.
Rufus Cohen, owner of Izzy Martin in Nob Hill, said this year local businesses were celebrated by the city.
“All our customers are commenting on it,” said Cohen. “It’s really a great sign to them that we’re open for business and we’re welcoming them shopping locally.”
He’s talking about signs the city put up all across meters in Nob Hill and downtown offering free parking since the day after Thanksgiving.
Cohen said the city used to offer it regularly, but stopped. Since opening his business four years ago, he said this is the first time he’s seen the city bring it back.
“I’m looking forward to doing a lot more things like this,” said Cohen.
The city said they decided to offer it after the community kept asking for it.
“We’ve had a lot a lot of positive feedback from both business owners and vendors,” said Gilbert Montano, Mayor’s Chief of Staff.
Hannah Trujillo at Nob Hill’s Pink Rhino said the free parking made a huge impact. She said she noticed more foot traffic in the area immediately.
“They can just park, walk in, and you know take their time and not have to be in a rush,” said Trujillo.
And shoppers agree, they said visiting the area has never been easier.
“It’s definitely a better environment and makes people less upset,” said one shopper.
“It was so much easier than before when you had to pay for parking of course,” said another shopper.
Sunday is the last day for free parking this season. The city said they plan to offer it again next year.