The Spanish supermarket giant Mercadona invested some 52.4 million euros in Malaga province during 2020, the year of the coronavirus pandemic.
Despite the challenges thrown up by the Covid-19 crisis the chain created 135 new jobs, opened two new stores - in Torremolinos and Torre de Bangalbón (Rincón de la Victoria) - and reformed another eleven during 2020.
The company ended the year with a workforce of 5,236 people and 85 stores in Malaga province and, last year, purchases made from suppliers in the area amounted to 807 million euros.
Coinciding with the economic crisis that many families have suffered, the company maintained its social commitment to the residents of the areas where it has a presence. In the case of Malaga, last year it donated 403 tonnes of basic necessities to help community kitchens, the Malaga Food Bank and other charities.
At a regional level, the company plans to invest another 32 million euros this year in the expansion and improvement of its three logistics centres in Andalucía, located in Antequera, Huévar del Aljarafe (Seville) and Guadix (Granada).
Mercadona says that this investment effort reaffirms its commitment to Andalucía, where it currently has 348 stores.