malaga. The developers of Designer Outlet Málaga, the luxury brand shopping complex built next to Plaza Mayor near Malaga Airport, have been working around the clock this week to finally open to the public. After completing wider access roads and receiving approval from the ministry of Transport, they have announced the grand opening for next Thursday, 13 February.
Since receiving government authorisation, bosses at McArthurGlen and Sonae Sierra (the owner of Plaza Mayor) have been working to ensure the project will not be delayed any longer. The problems caused by the access roads have already meant a delay of almost four months.
On Wednesday they sent all the relevant documentation to the Urban Planning department of Malaga city hall so that the opening licence could be processed as soon as possible.
Four months late
The luxury outlet was due to open its doors on 22 October last year but had to cancel all planned events for the inauguration and subsequent opening just one day before. This was because Malaga city hall couldn't grant an opening licence without the central government being satisfied with the access road improvements.
The developers had been tasked with doubling the capacity of the MA-20 in the direction of Cadiz with the construction of two new lanes and with creating a new direct access to the commercial complex next to the roundabout of the golf course.
Finally, as reported by SUR on 31 January, these works have been signed off, with a new bridge by Arraijanal, where a road bridge had been demolished to widen the motorway, still to be put in place.
For the time being, the pillars for this new bridge have already been made and only the upper deck remains to be placed, something that could be carried out at night with the use of prefabricated parts.
As soon as the new opening date was set this week, many of the firms set to open in the complex started work once more on adapting their premises.
After October's setback, merchandise was taken to other shops. SUR sources say that most of the companies will start to restock before the end of this week.
The main problem facing them will be staffing (and their training). As many decided to lay off their newly recruited workers (or relocate them), they have now found themselves without the necessary employees for the imminent opening. As a result, job search portals are again featuring vacancies at the Designer Outlet Málaga that have to be filled quickly.
Despite the haste, promoters are confident that all the stores can be open next Thursday.
The centre, when open, will have some 100 shops including brands such as Adidas, Adolfo Domínguez, Calvin Klein, Diesel, Lacoste, Levi's, New Balance and Tommy Hilfiger, as well as four restaurants in the complex's various open-air plazas.