It seems that the craze for online shopping has finally hooked Costa del Sol residents. Leading online retailer, Amazon has announced that it is to open its first distribution centre in the area to cope with increasing local demand.
After reports last week that the company was searching hard for a large local base so it can fulfil its promise to customers to deliver goods in 24 hours, a temporary site for this summer has been found outside Malaga.
A deal has been reached with train infrastructure company, Adif to put up a temporary structure on 13,000 square metres of land next to the rail tracks at Los Prados, near the Guadalhorce industrial estate.
According to planning requests, a 2,750 square metre tent will go up to provide so-called “last-mile” deliveries of orders to the Costa. Goods will arrive overnight from the main distribution centres in Madrid and Barcelona before being sorted and sent out for delivery on shorter local runs. There will also be 26 shipping containers on-site converted into offices and services for staff.
Amazon already has a local distribution centre in Seville of some 10,000 metres where around 80 people are employed. The Malaga solution is only temporary and the company expects to be at this site for around two years while it finds a place to build a larger Costa facility.
As reported last week in SUR in English, the online retailer has been looking for some time for a Costa del Sol site but has been hampered by the lack of land available for larger-scale units. Restrictions on building by the Guadalhorce river, due to a flood threat, and failure by landowners to prepare land classified for industrial use has been blamed for the shortage, which is affecting other companies that need to open in the area.