El Corte Inglés in Mijas is to be turned into a discount outlet centre similar to those the retail giant already runs in the Malaga Nostrum retail park and Fuengirola in the summer.
According to information obtained by SUR, the company plans to refurbish the ground floor and keep open the semi-basement, which is where Hipercor is currently located.
It will also expand the supermarket with a wider range of household appliances and IT equipment, similar to the outlet located in Bahía Malaga.
The reorganisation of the Mijas centre will involve the closure of all the upper floors, which currently house the fashion departments.
Initially the outlet will cover 14,000 square metres, the total area of one floor. The company will apparently also continue to use the second basement level, which is the current location of the homeware and decoration departments, but as further space for outlet items.
After these changes, the company will occupy almost 70% of the building. The rest will pass into the hands of El Corte Inglés Real Estate, a new branch of the group that specialises in the development, construction and management of real estate assets.
El Corte Inglés is in the middle of a restructuring process that entails the redundancy of up to 3,292 people on a national level (4% of the workforce). According to trade unions, around 260 of the current 460 workers in Mijas will keep their jobs.
In parallel to this change, the company is planning to expand the range of goods on offer in its centres in Marbella and Malaga, in an attempt to attract customers who until now have been shopping in Mijas. In fact, some of the employees who currently work in the Mijas branch will been transferred to other stores in the province.