Yesterday afternoon/evening I was walking down to the port via the golf course and past Mercadona. At the time I spotted work on a couple of new businesses.

There is a load of building work taking place next door to the vets, over the road from Mercadona. Also, I spotted that it looks like someone is taking over the old town hall office that is behind the Mexican restaurant.

I was a bit late for an appointment so I did not have time to take any photos yesterday. I will try to take a few pictures and publish them here when I get the chance.

Almerimar New Butchers 29June 2017

Almerimar New  Business 1 July 17

In the last few days I have spotted a couple of new businesses getting ready to open.

The top photo is of a new butchers that looks close to opening soon in the buildings over the car park from the state doctors surgery.

The other photo is of building work that has been going on for ages on the corner over the road from the back of Mercadona. As you can see, whatever it is it looks like pretty big premises. A long time ago a company was installing a mezzanine floor. Things then went quiet for a while. It looks like a second building company (Servial) is now starting to fit out the premises.


One of the Spanish guys I play golf with asked me if I could advertise his work in Almerimar as a jobbing builder. Above is a copy of his business card.

Please note that I am just advertising this rather than providing a reference. As yet, I have not used his services.

Also, please note that he does not speak much English.

Read More for a Google translation of the business card.

Read more: Spanish jobbing builder in Almerimar

Ikari sushi bar

I spotted this on Facebook earlier today. In the past we have had some nice meals at the Ikari restaurant in the golf hotel. Like last year they are planning to take over part of the golf hotel terrace again this summer. Jacqui and I are hoping to try this out soon as we did not eat Japanese food on the golf hotel terrace last year.

Our thanks for this restaurant to Miguel Tamura, the ex-director of the hotel, who helped set up the Ikari restaurant. We hope he is doing well now that he has moved back to the USA.

Looks like setting up offices for an Assessoria seems to be the in thing at the moment in Almerimar. Not long ago what used to be the cleaners on the corner of the square opened up an as Assessoria. Now what was an internet place next door to Alcor Properties has now also opened up as an Assessoria.

This time of year it is normally bars and restaurants opening up to try to take advantage of the busy summer season.

In April 2017 our shopping correspondent told us about the new shops that have opened at the Copo shopping complex.

Following a trip there yesterday there is a further update. Previously if you wanted to visit the new shops you had to enter the complex close to where the old cinema was located. This was because the walkway that linked through to where Carrefour now is was blocked off.

On Jacqui's latest visit she spotted that the complex is now joined up again. So far not all of the shops are in use. However you can now walk through the whole complex again and shop until you drop.

Sadly the launderette, dry cleaning and clothes alterations shop over the road from La Gaviota is closing later this week. I have some new trousers that need shortening so I will have to find somewhere else.

I have been told there is someone who alters clothes in the entrance to the dance studio over the road from the chemist. I popped round there earlier but they were closed at the moment but will probably open today by around 17:30. I guess I will have to pop down later and try them out.

Just back from a brief trip to Mercadona. While there I noticed signs at the checkout saying they are closed on Monday 24 April 2017.

I guess it is probably for the local San Marcos fiesta.

Copo 19 april 2017

As it was windy today Jacqui decided to go shopping rather than play golf. As you can see above while out she spotted some new signs for shops at Copo.

You can see a few more photos of the shops themselves in the Gallery.

I happened to pop in to Mercadona this morning. At the tills there were notices saying that the shop will be closed on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 April for Easter.

While I was there I also noticed a spelling mistake on one of their big signs. At the end of the fridges that hold the milk and yoghurts there is a big sign hanging from the ceiling that advertises coffes instead of coffees. I have no idea how long I have walked through Mercadona and never noticed this before.

I was in Mercadona this morning stocking up on chocolates for future FGS Friday golf competitions. There was a sign at the checkout saying that the shop will be closed on Tuesday 28 February 2017.

Having looked it up on the internet it is closed because it is Andalucía day.

I was down in the square this morning and spotted a couple of changes.

The small computer shop over the road from La Gaviota has closed down.

It looks like a bakers shop is opening up where the English shop used to be. Various display units were being set up in the shop when I walked past it this morning.

Further to the story the other day. We have received an email from the people now running La Solea as follows:

"Hello John,

We've noticed your news and yes, there are new people running restaurant La Solea. We would like to introduce ourselves, restaurant entrepreneurs and a couple Mikko & Lilia Monkare from Helsinki Finland. We are serving cook to order made fresh tapas and plates (fish, veg, meat)Scandinavian and European even russian style. Lilia is the Head Chef of the restaurant with over 20 years of experience of the kitchen. We speak english, spanish, russian, swedish, some german and of course finnish.

Welcome all to La Solea to try something new!

Best Regards,
Mikko & Lilia Monkare, Nuevo Restaurante La Solea
+34 681 24 98 17"

We will definitely be calling in to meet Mikko & Lilia at some point soon.

I have heard that there are some new people running La Solea. I cannot remember who it was that told me but I seem to remember being told recently.

Also, the gym that is opening is apparently upstairs above La Solea in what used to be El Segoviano. Thanks to a friend for posting this info on my Facebook page recently. So I guess the roof must have been fixed now.

New business near vet - 30 January 2017

New business near vet - 30 January 2017

Over the last few days I have spotted some building work going on not far from the new vets that is over the road from Mercadona.

As I was passing there this morning I took a couple of photos of what was going on.

There appears to be a mezzanine floor being installed at the moment.

I asked one of the guys doing the work if he knew what the new business was going to be. He said he did not know. I guess we will just have to wait and see.

Gym opening in Almerimar

I was passing the Chinese shop in the square this morning and I spotted this poster in the window. I have to admit that I do not know how long the poster has been there so the gym might be open by now.

Just a quick update about local restaurants......

I was in Darsena 1 this morning and spotted that the pizzeria close to the Stumble Inn is under new ownership. I was going past it in a car so I did not get a chance to catch the name of the new business.

Also, a couple of nights ago I was in La Plaza in "the square". The new people running the place have produced a very nice menu. The tapas was very good. Also their main course burger was really good as well.

Marisquería Franc
IKARI, Almerimar
Osteria Da Ralph, Almerimar
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