Slow start for new facilities in Faro

By CAROLINE CUNHA

caroline@portugalresident.com

TWO MAJOR projects in Faro, a municipal market and a shopping centre, are still to open.

The market, which represents an investment of around 22 million euros, is not ready to begin trading, despite the building having been completed for around two months. Stall holders are currently installing their equipment.

The doors were opened to the public on December 18 for one day only, and then only to allow people to visit the ground floor. Faro Câmara say the feedback was good, but it is evident that the public are getting frustrated at not being able to begin shopping.

In early December, President of Faro Câmara, José Apolinário, announced that the câmara was “asking traders to try to install their equipment within six to eight weeks”.

The Resident contacted the Câmara this week for an update and was told: “It is hoped that an inauguration date can be set for the end of the month.”

Meanwhile, in downtown Faro, Faro Atrium, the new shopping centre and cinema complex in Rua de Santo António, has also failed to open on time.

At a preview attended by The Resident at the end of November last year, it was announced the centre would open on December 14. Even though the 32 shops would not be ready to open on that date, the three screen cinema would be fully operational. However, the cinema failed to open.

The centre was still not open at New Year. The Resident contacted Faro Atrium to find out the current situation.

“We are hoping to open the cinema at the end of this month and the shops will follow a little afterwards,” said a spokesperson. No reason was given for the delay.

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