After six months of construction, preparation and meetings, hypermarket chain Carrefour has touched down in the Guadalhorce valley.
The new store, at the heart of the La Trocha shopping centre in Coín, opened on Wednesday. Around 400 people, including politicians, staff and representatives of the institutions involved in the project, attended the inauguration event the previous day when it was opened by director of operations for Carrefour España, Luis Cerro.
Cerro spoke of the special link that the company has with the area as the first Andalusian province in which it opened a store more than 40 years ago. He also expressed his "excitement" at opening a hypermarket in the Guadalhorce valley where previously there was only a Carrefour Market in Estación de Cártama.
Vicepresident of the Malaga Confederation of Business, Natalia Sánchez, also took part in the event and highlighted the significance of the union with Costasol de Hipermercados, a Malaga company with which Carrefour will work on this project to bring in local products from local suppliers. The company's president, Aurelio Martín Simón, said: "This is the result of a joint effort of a lot of people and businesses." He especially thanked Coín town hall (though mayor Fernando Fernández couldn't attend) and the promoters of La Trocha who "adapted to all of our needs".
Martín Simón explained that the new store, which spreads over more than 5,000 square metres across two floors, has created jobs for more than a hundred people who have received "more than 2,500 hours of training".
During the presentation it was placed on record that Carrefour has a commercial relationship with 1,350 businesses in Andalucía worth around 640 million euros.
Carrefour Valle del Guadalhorce has all of the traditional sections, plus the addition of sections and stands for freshly-made sushi, pre-made meals and bio products, the majority of which come from the surrounding area. There is also a health foods and healthcare section, as well as a home section stocked with the latest technology and appliances.