A PLANNED Torremolinos commercial park is moving forward.
Despite setbacks, the commitment is “more strongly confirmed” than before after the site’s promoter, Intu, was bought out by British company Hammerson.
The town’s First Deputy Mayor, Maribel Tocon, met with Intu’s Spanish representative, Salvador Arenere, amid fears the company might change the project’s original plans. The development will now instead of by the name Hammerson but continue to use the Intu brand. Intu owns 50 per cent of the shopping centres Xandu in Madrid, Puerto Venecia in Zaragoza, and Parque Principado in Asturias.
Meanwhile, the owners of Plaza Mayor have been told to build two more motorway lanes before opening their planned luxury outlet.
The Highway Development Unit has demanded the MA-20 be double in capacity in the direction of Torremolinos to avoid excessive queues reaching the new McArthurGlen Designer Outlet. Work on the almost €3 million road project could begin as soon as April and have been given a five month deadline.
Sonae Sierra and McArthurGlen, Plaza Mayor’s promoters, have also been told to build a new access road and roundabout to reduce congestion. Currently, queues are commonplace nearly every weekend, with drivers often taking to the hard shoulder to access the Plaza Mayor site, which also houses Ikea, Bricomart and McDonalds.
Two further lanes will now be added for 1.8 kilometres between the Guadalmar roundabout and Torremolinos. One lane will go directly to the outlet and another onto the roundabout, meaning drivers trying to reach Plaza Mayor do not have to give way.
It is anticipated the works will begin April and end in mid-October, when the new outlet is also due to open. Malaga Council has made it clear the outlet will not be allowed to open until the works are complete.
Shopping has also just got a little easier this Christmas thanks to a new scheme in Fuengirola. The town’s council has launched a campaign to support local businesses, entitled “this Christmas, your purchases in Fuengirola,” encouraging people to pop out to their local shop to buy gifts this year.
Ricardo Von Wichmann, Councillor for Commerce, explained, “we are hoping to promote responsible consumption this Christmas, which is achieved by making purchases at local shops, therefore supporting entrepreneurs and the self-employed in Fuengirola. He added, “with the festivities just around the corner and the traditional gift lists and requests, it is more than likely that we think about shopping”.