A total of 75 business in Palma join the Emblemàtics Balears project, which protects traditional commercial activity

A total of 75 Palma businesses have joined the IDI’s Emblemàtics Balears project today. The catalogue, with the incorporation of the Ciutat de Palma establishments, will now include 234 establishments from 19 municipalities of the Balearic Islands and has the main objective of protecting the local commercial fabric by making these traditional establishments visible.

This morning, at the headquarters of Palma Activa, the Vice-President and Minister of Energy Transition, Productive Sectors and Democratic Memory, Juan Pedro Yllanes, and the Mayor of Palma, José Hila, presented the Palma shopkeepers with the plaques that will distinguish them as emblematic of the Balearic Islands.

The 75 businesses that are members of the Emblemáticos Baleares project can be consulted on the website www.emblematicsbalears.es, a digital catalogue that is growing as more establishments join. The Emblemáticos website provides information on the history of all the shops, as well as their main details. It is available in Catalan, Spanish and English, as the aim is also to reach the public outside the Islands so that the emblematic shops can serve as a tourist attraction and can promote the rest of the municipality’s commercial fabric.

IDI has published a manual so that the town councils themselves can identify the businesses that meet the requirements to be emblematic. In fact, a series of categories have been established to unify the criteria among all the participants in the project. Thus, a business can be classified as rooted (with a singular trade or product), with history (with more than 75 years of life or exceptionally after 50 years), and with heritage (with outstanding architectural elements). Establishments that meet these three categories are emblematic.

The municipalities that already have listed establishments are Alaró (4), Algaida (6), Consell (6), Esporles (5), Inca (14), Lloseta (7) Llucmajor (8), Manacor (25), Marratxí (11), Palma (75), Pollença (9), Porreres (6), Santanyí (7), Alaior (5), Ferreries (11), Maó (19), Santa Eulària des Riu (5), Sant Josep de sa Talaia (5) and Formentera (Sant Ferran, one, and Sant Francesc Xavier, 5).

By categories, there are 58 emblematic establishments; 77 rooted and with history; 27 with heritage and history; 40 with history; 27 rooted; 3 rooted and with heritage, and 2 with heritage. In the case of Palma, 12 emblematic establishments have been identified, 35 rooted and with history, 13 with history, 12 rooted, 2 rooted and with heritage, and one with history and heritage.