In the neighborhood, we remember November 28, 2019 at noon (see our edition of November 29, 2019). The roof of a building at 4 rue Cujas collapsed, luckily without causing any casualties, but 16 homes had been evacuated. Access to the street was then prohibited for 1 month. Since then nothing seemed to be moving until mid-June of this year.
Léa and Céline, from the adjacent Lealine store, opened their store on June 19, 2021 and learned the day after the signing of the lease that the street was going to be blocked for the renovation of the neighboring building. Léa specifies “we are sorely lacking in information concerning the scope and duration of the work and it is only through a worker that we learned that there would be until the end of the year to see up to next February. “
Léa Bernabeu and Céline Thoueilles are respectively, niece and aunt. The two women have joined forces to open their clothing, jewelry and decoration boutique by pooling their management know-how for one and decoration for the other with a long family history in watchmaking and jewelry.
Their complaints also concern traffic. Vehicles can enter the street but are forced to reverse to leave. “As a result, some people leave their cars at a standstill in front of our storefront”, laments Léa and adds, “The town hall should improve the signage or even put the pedestrianized street.”
This store is not the only one on the street affected by the problem, but it is the most affected because of its proximity to the site. The two partners remain confident but would like the Toulouse town hall and the company in charge of the work to be more aware of the daily life of businesses and residents of rue Cujas. Especially if the site has to go on forever.