Plaza Mayor to invest 30 million euros in new outlet area with more than a hundred shops
The expansion of the Plaza Mayor shopping and leisure centre took a major step forward this week after Malaga city hall, through its City Planning department, granted a licence for the works. This came after both Civil Aviation and the Department for the Environment dropped their objections to the project, owing to its proximity to the airport and the risk of flooding, at the end of June.
The project, which required a change to the urban planning regulations (PGOU), is still pending approval from the regional government. Once received, works are expected to get under way in early 2017.
With a budget of more than 30 million euros, the area known as Plaza Brava, which used to house bars and nightclubs, will be demolished and in its place will be a designer outlet centre, built around a central square, oval in shape.
The new complex will be 85,198 square metres, with 107 new shops, practically doubling the total of the current centre (which has 112).
A number of bars and restaurants will also be added, as well as a kiosk with an outdoor terrace.
Increased number of customers
In order to cope with the inevitable rise in customers, estimated to total 2.4 million a year, a new underground car park, with 1,122 spaces, will be built underneath the centre.
What’s more, following a study into traffic flow, the promoters, Doc Málaga Siteco(a society comprised of Sonae Sierra and McArthurGlen), have pledged to construct a new exit from the Guadalmar ‘autovía’ in order to avoid the long queues which regularly clog up that part of the road network.
Construction on the project is expected to last 18 month, with all services to be open to the public by 2018.