When I was in Mercadona at the weekend they had signs up telling people that the shop will be closed on Tuesday 1 November 2016. That day is a Spanish bank holiday.

It is a bit late to publish this. However our internet went out yesterday and I had problems getting tethering from my phone to work so I could publish stuff here from my normal computer. Still waiting for the engineer to sort out the problem but tethering is working OK now.

Today is a bank holiday. Mercadona is closed today. Carrefour is open. I know this as Jacqui went up to the Copo complex today and got some soles on some shoes smoothed so she can use the shoes when playing short mat bowls.

Jacqui has just told me that there is a rumour saying that Mango and H&M will be opening shops in the Copo complex where the cinema used to be.

New Vets

At long last we now know that the new business over the road from the back of Mercadona is a vets (apologies for the reflections in the photo).

Ikari Sushi Bar Terrace

Not that long ago we had a very nice meal at the Ikari sushi bar in the Golf Hotel. At the time we were told that Ikari would be taking over part of the hotel terrace during the summer.

I have just spotted on Facebook that this has now happened.

I happened to be on Darsena 1 earlier today and spotted that Churros Paraiso looks like it is reopening again. The place just along from Pizza Guzzi.

The parafarmacia is now open on Darsena 3 next to Cajamar bank. El Buccanero  is now open again on Darsena 3 not far from the parafarmacia.

Perhaps the longest ever shop fitting exercise in Almerimar continues over the road from Mercadona along from the driving school shop. Perhaps one day a sign will go up and this new business will open.

Perhaps the longest ever "coming soon" advert is still up on the wall for where the dentist is eventually relocate to. Just over the road from the back entrance to Yachting golf. No progress on fitting out the place yet.

I spotted the results from the tapas week somewhere a couple of days ago. Gula won, Yachting Golf came second and Defontina came third.

Jacqui mentioned that D'Bar are on Facebook and are advertising what sound like some very nice tapas of the day at the moment.


I have been a bit busy the last couple of days so have only just got around to writing this.....

I was driving around Almerimar on Monday 2nd May. It was a bank holiday so Mercadona was closed. When I drove past the new Coviran supermarket I noticed that it was also closed.

I would have thought that opening at times when Mercadona is closed would be just about the only way for the business to survive. As I doubt they will be able to undercut Mercadona on price or provide much better quality products.

Also, a PS from someone I was speaking to recently. It appears that they do not stock "fresh" milk at the moment.

Coviran, Almerimar

As you can see, the new small supermarket at the back of Porto Fino not far from the Minimal cafe bar is now open.

Not sure whether it will generate enough business as the opening hours are very similar to Mercadona. Something like 9am to 9pm Monday to Saturday. The only difference it that it is also open on Sundays early in the day. From 10am to 2pm.

My guess is that they will soon realise that they will have to extend their opening hours if they want to generate enough trade to keep going in the long term.

Work is continuing just next door to Cajamar on Darsena 3. I was in the area using one of the few post boxes in town and had a chat to the people working in what used to be the paper shop. Apparently it is going to re-open as a parafarmacia.

Further to the earlier story here. Earlier this week I asked one of the people working on the fitting out of the shop when it was likely to open. He said mid-late April 2016.

From a glance through the door it does not look very big inside.

Perhaps it will be looking to open longer or different hours from Mercadona to try to take trade away from them?

Please note that the Poniente Golf Discount shop in Almerimar will be closing down on Friday 18 March 2016.

Golfers who want some bargains have 5 more days to buy things from the shop. Opening hours for the final week are 10:30 to 17:30 Monday - Friday.

The shop will not be open from Saturday 19 March onwards.

Last night four of us from the Friday Golf Society had a great evening in Defontina & Uva (one of the FGS sponsor restaurants).

We had a couple of excellent shared starters between 4, then the girls each had one of their D&A gourmet burgers. While Mr President and myself shared some shoulder of pork. All of the food was really good.

While there we discussed the idea of running an FGS tasting menu evening there later in the year (probably in the autumn). The boss of the place said he would be very happy to set this up for us. Probably sometime in October.

My guess is that Jacqui and I will be going back there again well before the autumn.

Work is continuing over the road from Mercadona. Just down from the driving instructor place and the fruit shop. They have now knocked some of the front out so it looks like a shop front will be going in soon. I wonder what it will be.

With the new supermarket being worked on at the other end of Porto Fino we are slowly seeing the empty spaces being filled up.

Covirán Almerimar

Looks like Mercadona is going to get a little competition. The sign here on one of the locals at the back of Porto Fino (close to Defontina y Uva) shows that a Covirán supermarket is opening up.

Jacqui was well enough yesterday to leave the house for a little while. She decided she wanted to go and take a look at the new Lidl.

I have to say I was quite impressed. The store stocks more products than the old one. It also has much wider aisles so it is much easier to walk around.

The car parking was also pretty good.

The only thing I think people have to watch out for is joining the roundabout when you exit the store. We nearly had an accident there yesterday. I will be much mare careful there from now on.

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