Almuñécar’s ALDI

Like a perfectly controlled game of Tetris, the parts of this new, supermarket installations are falling into place in quick succession.

ALM ALDI Pre InaugurationSo much so that it looks like they will make the planned inauguration at the end of this month, as announced in July.

All kinds of craftsmen are beetling away, even on Saturdays; carpenters, brickies, metalwork, glaziers, electricians – you name it – all over its 3,474-sq/m of floor space.

Those of you who remember how the MacDonald’s restaurant went up next door to the present ADLI supermarket, will recall just how fast these food-chain outlets can go up.

The basement level covers 2,837 sq/m, the shopping area, 1,952 sq/m and the loading/unloading area another 1,521 sq/m. The budget was two-million euros for the building itself, and then you have the cost of the goods & furnishings (shelves, checkouts, freezer etc ) amounting to another three million.

The plot of land on which it sits, however, is leased, belonging to the Ariza family, which is also the case with Lidl.

As for staffing it, back in July they began the selection process and held it in the Casa de La Cultura, with the Town Hall’s permission.

(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia – JM de Haro)

  6 comments for “Almuñécar’s ALDI

  1. September 13, 2022 at 7:18 am

    Fred: I prefer local ‘corner’ shops to, like the ones in Otivar and Jete. The only way smaller shops can compete is by belonging to a cooperative, or as we used to call them co-ops. The other form of surviving is by being open when the supermarkets are closed – Sunday mornings and bank holidays, but now the Government permits Mercadona, Lidl and the like to open on Sundays too.

    Each time they announce when a supermarket opens that it will provide jobs, what they don’t mention is smaller jobs will go under and their staff will go under.

    I remember Almuñécar when the first supermarket opened: El Hiper, which despite its name was just a supermarket but much larger than self-service shops they used to call un súper.

    It was set up by two families; one owned a butcher’s that used to sell a few foreign-brand items, called Carnicería Chacón and the other a small self-service shop that used to specialise in foreign foodstuffs and good wines, Olivares. So, it wasn’t the case of a supermarket chain arriving moving in. Prior to this merget, you had to go to Motril to find a supermarket, which was on the main drag and is now rebranded Dani.

  2. Fred Davies
    September 12, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    Not a fan for the reason places lose their identity with the same retail offerings. Thankfully Velez is too small for the big boys so several local independent stores survive and unless you are a once a week massive shopper the higher prices are offset by no transport costs and travel time plus of course you can have a natter👍😃

  3. September 12, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Virgina: No I think you referring to Luisa, who owns a large country house just off Río Seco. I don’t remember whether she owned the Coliseo cinema but her nephew is Louie the Canadian, who used to drive a taxi in Toronto, I think it was.

    Luisa was married to an Spanish Army captain who fought for the Republic, which was the losing side in the Spanish Civil War, so they left the country and moved to Canada.

    Wait, yes, of course, she did own the Coliseo and the house next to it, which is where Maria Teresa Velasco now has her lawyer’s office. Before that the house was converted into a pub (I think it was the Hotelito) run by louie, the nephew and then afterwards by Jaime el Indo.

  4. Virginia
    September 12, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    Does that Family live in Canada? I met a lady in the 80’s that owned a large finca and the Movie theater near Baja del Mar, She moved to Canada and just came back to check up on things.

  5. September 12, 2022 at 1:16 pm

    Patrick: up to the mid to late 80s the whole of the P4 was vega planations. When the ‘new’ PGOU of 1986 came into being, the family that owned a wide strip of land running parallel with the main road, had the good sense to lease the land rather than sell it. They weren’t rich but like many Almuñécar families had a lot of land then when the building boom of the late 80s/early 90s came along and the P-4 popped up, they were in the right place at the right time. The father, Rafael, remained a farmer all his life. The difference with the Salobreña family is that they are caciques (a dominant family in with Franco, owning the sugar-factory industry there.)

    If you go to little villages like Otívar you will find that humble families own lots of land but you can never make them understand that if you own farming land in England, it’s something that not many can boast. Here the land provided an income, together with goats, enough to keep a family: oil (for cooking and lighting), vegetables, barley (for bread), milk, cheese and meat occasionally (most would be sold to buy would they could not produce themselves). The Caciques were a different breed altogher.

    Nowadays in all those small villages the kids don’t want to work the land; they want their parents to sell it so that they can buy a flat or a car.

  6. Patrick Barry Storey
    September 12, 2022 at 9:47 am

    At a wild guess. Do they own the land from Aldi up past MacDonalds . Including any small businesses is owned by one Family. ? Gosh,could they be like the Family that owns Hotel Salabina. The sugar so called disused facility at La Caleta, the Lobres Facility and Ron Montero outlets. ? Rich indeed.!!

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