Apolónia opens “largest, most modern” outlet in Lagoa

Apolónia Supermarkets has announced it will be opening its “biggest and most modern supermarket yet” in Lagoa this Thursday morning (June 25).

The opening is scheduled for 8am and will be celebrated with a number of discounts running until Sunday (June 28).

Representing a €9 million investment, the new outlet had been in the pipeline “for years” and is seen as an “important step” in Apolónia’s expansion plan.

Located in the southern part of town near the main entry points from Carvoeiro and Sesmarias, it promises “many new ranges as well as all the products and sections that customers are used to”.

Space has also been made to rent out to other businesses. Meantime, the regional supermarket chain confirms the store will bring at least 100 new jobs to the area.

In an exclusive interview with the Resident last winter, founder and owner Avelino Apolónia said the move to Lagoa was an “obvious choice”.

“Lagoa has a stable resident and non-resident population which appreciates a variety of products, quality and service,” he said, adding that he was confident the new venture would succeed despite the welter of supermarket chains already established in the area.

“None of them offers such a varied choice of products and services,” he explained. “Many of the products are imported directly by us and can only be found at our stores.”

Opening hours for the new supermarket will be from 8am to 9pm.

Apolónia’s first outlet opened in 1983 as a 100-square metre mini-market in Vale d’Éguas, Almancil.

Twenty seven years later, Apolónia opened its second supermarket in Galé, Albufeira, and since then it has all been about expansion and success. Plans for the future, the company’s founder told us, now focus on finding the right location in Lagos.