As can be seen from the photograph above, the Lidl store at Las Chafiras appears to be almost ready for business.
However, no opening dates for Tenerife have been forthcoming despite enquiries to the German supermarket discount chain, who announced in April of last year that it is to open a total of 12 stores in the Canary Islands, six of them in Tenerife.
The news brought to an end a long fought battle by local traders to keep the discount giant out of the Canary Islands market, fearing the company’s aggressive pricing policy would force many small traders out of business.
Lidl’s move came in the wake of an EU directive, due to come into force at the beginning of this year, which liberalises the service sector, removing barriers to the company’s pricing policy.
The good news for consumers came as the company also announced the construction of a 20,000 sq. metre distribution depot at Güímar in the south of Tenerife.
The six stores in Tenerife are planned to open in Santa Ursula, Puerto de la Cruz, La Laguna, Granadilla, Las Chafiras and Adeje, while four more will open in Gran Canaria, another in Lanzarote and one in Fuerteventura.
In all, the company is expected to create 500 permanent jobs, as well as many much-needed temporary jobs in the construction industry.
A spokesman said the company would adopt a policy of hiring Canary residents in consultation with local councils.
Another plus for the major inward investment is that all the construction projects have been awarded to Canarian companies.
The company, which boasts 480 stores on Mainland Spain, said the supermarkets would carry more than 1,200 lines, many of which would be sourced locally, giving a further boost to the region’s economy.