Nerja's 'mini El Corté Inglés' to close after 68 years of trading

Antonio and María Eugenia Som Cerezo in front of the shop.
Antonio and María Eugenia Som Cerezo in front of the shop. / E. C.
  • The premises already has a buyer who plans to turn the shop into tourist accommodation which is due to be up and running later this year

Som Cerezo, a shop on Calle Cruz in Nerja's town centre, which has sold everything from electrical appliances to postcards since it first opened in 1950, is to close its doors.

Current manager, Antonio Som Cerezo, who took over the shop from his father and aunt, Emilio Antonio Som Cerezo and Rita Cerezo, is retiring and he explains that none of his own children, or nieces and nephews were interested in taking over from him. "It was a hard decision," Antonio said, explaining that he had to reach an agreement with his three siblings, Rita, Guillermo and María Eugenia.

Tourist boom and caves

Som Cerezo, which is described by some locals as a 'mini El Corté Inglés' has witnessed the tourism boom of the 1950s and 1960s and Nerja's continued popularity, as well as the discovery of the Nerja Caves. Antonio, who also runs a photography studio above the shop and took over that part of the business when his father died in 1972, explained that one of the many products the shop has sold over the years is "postcards from photos of Nerja that my father took."

The shop has also provided wedding lists for brides and grooms as well as offering packages which included photographs with albums.

The premises already has a buyer; an investor from Frigiliana, who is planning to turn the shop into tourist accommodation. In fact the building is in the same street as a hostel which was formerly a restaurant. The tourist accommodation is expected to be up and running within the next few months.