Authorities and representatives of Carrefour and Costasol during the inauguration on Wednesday. :: M.C.J.
The new shopping centre, which opened its doors on Thursday, aims to attract foreign customers with international products
Carrefour’s expansion project on the Costa del Sol has reached a climax with the opening of the new shopping centre in Las Lagunas, Mijas, thanks to a partnership with the local firm Costasol.
The centre includes a hypermarket and smaller shops where 23 firms are now trading. Some 360 jobs have been created, the majority for workers who were previously unemployed.
The shop floor covers some 10,000 square metres with a large area devoted to fresh produce. The fish is brought from the ports in Fuengirola and Estepona and local products include Malaga goat meat and cheeses made in the province. A sushi kiosk provides ready-made meals.
One of the firm’s main aims is to attract foreign residents with as many as 1,300 international products from Great Britain, Germany, Norway, Sweden and France as well as Russia and Finland.
The centre also boasts the latest technology in a bid to boost energy efficiency. The modern equipment promises to reduce energy consumption by 30 per cent compared with similar centres.
The inauguration included a blessing by a local priest and was attended by the Mayor of Mijas, Ángel Nozal, who pointed out that Mijas “has the greatest variety and quantity of commercial areas in the province”.
The president of Costasol Supermercados, Aurelio Martín, said that the centre’s aim was to become a “benchmark supermarket in an area as important as Fuengirola and Mijas, with more than 500,000 potential customers”.