The last piece of the retail jigsaw at the IKEA-owned retail centre near Loulé has been slotted into place with the opening of a Leroy Merlin store.
The new business covers one hectare and claims to be the largest household goods store in the region.
Leroy Merlin’s designers say this is a new store format where shoppers are channelled through the various zones which include set-piece, furnished areas to give customers the design inspiration needed to make purchases.
There are 7,800 m2 of display area, Leroy’s management stating this is the “largest store in the region,” i.e. it is bigger than the one in Albufeira (pictured). There are 37,000 products available for DIY, decoration and gardening with a useful drive-in loading bay for large or heavy purchases.
Karin Blaise, the director of Leroy Merlin in Portugal, said the company’s next two stores will be opening in Aveiro and Leiria in 2018,” with this new store being the 12th store the French company has opened in Portugal.”
This Loulé retail area park now has an IKEA store, MAR Shopping Algarve, Algarve Designer Outlet and Leroy Merlin.