THE Spanish siesta is coming under threat after larger shops were given the right to open for longer hours.
In a bid to revive the ailing economy, shops larger than 300 square metres will be able to open for 25% more hours each week, increasing the previous 72-hour limit to 90 hours.
The majority of these extra hours are expected to be during the traditional three-hour Spanish lunch break.
They will also be allowed to open on 10am rather than 8am Sundays or public holidays a year.
Local officials predict the change will create 20,500 jobs nationwide, which are desperately needed to combat the 25% unemployment rate that currently plagues Spain.