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Retail Park welcomes thousands on inaugural weekend

THE OPENING day of Portimão’s new

Retail Park, April 22, was filled with excitement

and activity, but there was

also an element of disappointment, as

some of the major shops at the park

had not been completed in time for the

inaugural weekend.

Popcorn and ice cream were on offer,

clowns on stilts were making balloon animals

for the children and two members

of the very popular Portuguese boys band

D’Zrt made an appearance. However,

only six out of the 13 shops had been finished

in time for the opening – they were

Staples Office Centre, Rádio Popular,

DeBorla, Tricana, O Mundo dos Fatos and

Piccola Stravaganza.

Over the weekend, thousands flocked

to the Algarve’s newest retail addition.

While some people were happy to browse

and buy, many were disappointed at the

lack of retail facilities, as The Resident’s

Louise Pimm registered from a questionnaire

she carried out onsite. Some shoppers

claimed that they had been misinformed

and probably would have delayed

their visit until all retail outlets were open.

However, Portimão Retail Park offers

shoppers new, different and larger shops

from those available at Algarve Shopping

in Guia or Forum Algarve in Faro. Many

of the shoppers whom we spoke to last

weekend said they would go to Portimão

Retail Park to purchase furnishings for

their home from Moviflor, buy electrical

gadgets at Rádio Popular and purchase

all their stationery requirements from Staples,

but many were aggrieved that they

were unable to sample the food at

Carrefour and sportswear at Decathlon.

The majority of visitors said they

couldn’t wait to revisit the Retail Park

when all the shops were up-and-running,

but that could be some time. After speak-

Portimão Retail Park

welcomes thousands on

inaugural weekend

ing to a source from the Portimão Retail

Park, there are still no set dates for the

opening of the remaining stores.

Carrefour will not be ready before the

summer and the others will only be open

to the public within the next fortnight.

The Portimão Retail Park took a year

to construct, cost 25 million euros and created

over 1,500 jobs. The free parking and

easy access from the EN125 and A22

should attract many shoppers from the

western Algarve who want an alternative

to Guia and Faro.

Below is a complete list of the shops

and restaurants which will be available at

the Portimão Retail Park, which is open

daily from 10am to 10pm:


Decathlon – sportswear

AKI – DIY store

Staples Office Centre – stationery

requirements for the office and home

DeBorla – cheap knick-knack store

(de borla means ‘for free’ in Portuguese)

Rádio Popular – electrical gadgets

Moviflor – furnishings for the home

Carrefour – supermarket

Tricana – carpets

Mundo dos Fatos – suits

Pantêxtil – linen and towels

MultiOpticas – opticians

Piccola Stravaganza – baby clothes

JEB Tabacaria – newspaper and

cigarette shop


Pães e Bolos

Espaço Grill

Doce Finus

Tostas Club

Arroz e Massas

Snack Bar Guerreiro

A Boutique do Café