HOT ON the heels of the opening of the new municipal market in Faro, a major wholesale market and business centre has opened eight kilometres outside the Algarvean capital.
Secretary of State for Commerce, Services and Consumer Protection, Fernando Serrasqueiro was the guest of honour at the inauguration on March 9, which was also attended by the President of Faro Câmara José Apolinário and the President of the CDDR, the Algarve commission for regional co-ordination and development, Mendonça Pinto, among other dignitaries.
The Mercado Abastecedor da Região de Faro (MARF), located in Guilhim, Estoi, occupies a 34 hectare site and represents an important facility for the Algarve considered fundamental for regional development, both commercially and logistically.
Around 250 companies are already working from the new premises including wholesalers, distributors, storage companies, carriers and logistics operators including Chronopost, Globalfire Equipment and Firstone among others.
MARF benefits from excellent transport links, being only 12 kilometres away from Faro airport and close to the IP1 and A22.
According to the President of MARF, Rui Serôdio, 90 per cent of units in the first market pavillion are already occupied.
Currently MARF is receiving around 1,100 buyers per day who are offered a diverse range of high quality fresh food products including horticulture, fish and flowers, as well as non food items and various complementary services. Restaurants and cafés at the centre are scheduled to open in April.
“What Portugal needs is high quality modern facilities with good technology and I am satisfied that this wholesale centre is on the same level as the new facilities in other cities. It will prove important for strengthening the economy,” said Fernando Serrasqueiro.
For further information call MARF on 289 990 520.
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