I was in Mercadona earlier today. I spotted that they will be moving to their longer summer opening hours from next Monday (18 June 2018).
This poster just came up on my Facebook feed. Here is a google translation of the Spanish text that came with it....
"The months of July and August, every Monday from 07 a.m. to 08 a.m. we have an appointment by the sea, I'm waiting for you to enjoy a yoga class at the edge of the beach, in front of the Jaleo building, connecting with the beautiful sounds of nature and with our inner essence."
One for the early birds.Just about the only time I get up at that time in the morning is when I am playing in an official golf competition on Sunday mornings.
I have been a bit busy so have only just got around to posting these photos I took late last week.
I have been told that the bar between Algarbe and La Plaza is soon to open as an ice cream shop.
PS - I think it looked like the fresh fish shop behind the passage way in the photo above is now open. I have not been in yet. However I noticed that the windows are no longer blocked up and the door was open when I walked past.
There are few restaurant changes taking place in advance of the summer season.
I understand that a jamon place in El Ejido is taking over Nautico in the near future.
Also, I have been told that La Zarzuela is taking over Fosil. Plus they are opening up Zarzuela 2 in the restaurant between Marisqueria Franc and Sabores on Darsena 1..
For a while now we have been wondering who was building the big offices underneath Porto Fino not far from Mercadona. We have the photo above thanks to one of our readers Paul C.
Apparently loads of guys with clipboards turned up in the fleet of cars sometime yesterday.
So it looks like Nostoc (a biotech company) may be opening up offices in Almerimar.
Thanks to Paul for the photo.
Yesterday I happened to be walking around town. I spotted this painting for a shop next door to the Chingon Mexican restaurant (just behind "the square"). I am not sure but I think it has replaced a small costume jewelry shop.
This has either happened recently or alternatively I have been walking round town with my eyes shut for some time.
Just a quick reminder. Monday Tuesday 1 May 2018 is a bank holiday and Mercadona will be closed.
Further to the article here from January 2016. At that time the dentist was saying that he was hoping to move into new premises in the summer of that year.
Last night Jacqui received a message from the dentist saying that their surgery has now relocated into the new premises. Just a little bit later than originally planned.
Just a reminder that Mercadona will be closed on Friday 30 March as it is Good Friday.
Last time I was round by Cajamar bank there was work continuing on El Bucanero. It had been closed for some time. I had a chat with the people there and they said that it should be open before Easter all being well.
Also, it appears that La Gaviota is being renamed La Cala. They have put up a new sign covering the old picture of a seagull on the wall. Work is continuing inside the place. The last I heard is that they were still trying to get a new opening licence confirmed by the council. I guess they are also hoping to be open in time to pick up some trade in the busy Easter season.
While on the way home from Alcor Properties Jacqui took a few photos of the work on La Gaviota.
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Jacqui and I went for a long walk around town this lunchtime. Seeing how busy things were on the Andalucía fiesta day. Also, looking out for any changes or upcoming changes to businesses in town.
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As you can see working is continuing on the new dentist surgery just up the road from the chemist. The windows are in and it looks like most of the internal rooms are close to being ready. They have now started painting inside and outside the place.
I wonder when the dentist will eventually decide to move here from close to Mercadona. I seem to remember him saying perhaps by the summer.
I happened to be passing La Gaviota earlier today. I noticed that there were people inside refurbishing the place. So I guess it will be opening again in the not too distant future.
I could not resist using a little cockney rhyming slang in the title.
Not that long ago the butchers behind the square looked to have closed down. Leaving us with only one butchers shop in Almerimar (the one near the El Espigon car park).
It now looks like we will soon have 3 butchers in town. As you can see from the photos above.
The top photo shows that the butchers that closed down looks to be re-opening. In addition there is a new butchers that has opened over the road from the Gaviota restaurant (on the edge of the square).
As mentioned in an earlier article, I plan to advertise any Christmas and/or New Year's Eve menus I get sent. Here is the one for New Year at El Espigón.
Earlier this week I had a reader get in touch about Sunday opening of supermarkets in Almerimar.
Most people probably know that Mercadona is normally closed on Sundays. Apart from in the middle of summer.
Yesterday, on the way to playing golf, I checked out the small Coviran supermarket at the back of Porto Fino (behind the tourist office). I can confirm that this shop has opening hours of 10am to 2pm on Sundays.
We are now getting to the time of year where bars and restaurants are having a bit of a rest or doing some renovations.
Jacqui has just mentioned that La Plaza has re-opened. They had been closed while they merged with the building next door. I guess to give them more space indoors and outdoors. Plus a bigger kitchen area.
In other bar news, I think D´Bar is taking a break in November. Plus Los Sabores is closing for a couple of weeks to do some building work.
Also, only around 18 months late, I have found that the Asador is looking nice inside and outside. We ate there a week or two ago and were impressed with the larger indoor and outdoor space created some time ago.