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Topic: small shops and corner shops around town
Posted By: cubsur
Subject: small shops and corner shops around town
Date Posted: 27/April/2010 at 16:20

ALBUFEIRA AND NEARBY - SMALL SHOPS AND CONVENIENCE STORES

Updated December 2022. Many thanks to the several contributors without whom this list would not be so comprehensive. I have been unable to check many of the places out of town.

This list is grouped by area. It will be updated as often as possible. If you have any contributions please send a personal message to cubsur. Opening hours are subject to change around major holidays eg almost all shops are CLOSED on Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Good Friday and Easter Sunday even if they are open on other less important holidays. All these corner shops will be more expensive for many items than the bigger shops, especially for UK brands.

Location / Name

Address

Hours

Comments

PÁTEO




Soares & Marrachino Mini-Market


Amanhecer supermarket

Rua Fernando Pessoa by traffic lights. Close to Páteo Village apartments


Rua Césario Verde by Albufeira Jardim II


0830 to 1900. Closed all day Sundays and some Holidays

                          0800 - 2000 daily

Good for basic foodstuffs, wine, beer etc. Fresh bread and rolls every morning, Some UK brands stocked. Sells cigarettes.


SPAR type shop

CERRO GRANDE/WINDMILL HILL/ALBUFEIRA JARDIM




Intermarché Contact

Rua do Cerro Grande next to Arte Bar

0800 – 2030 daily

Part of the large Intermarché chain

Frutaria Albufeira

Rua do Vale de Santa Maria, near Albufeira Jardim I

0800 - 1800 daily, summer months 0800 - 2000

Small shop, limited stock but useful for things you forgot etc.

Ryan Supermarket

Rua 1 Dezembro, 32

unknown

Small shop specialising in Indian products. Next to the roundabout and Jaipur Indian restaurant, Avenida do Ténis.

Garraferia Bispo

Rua Sir Cliff Richard

Unknown but is open Sunday morning

Typical tiny 'hole in the wall' mini-market and bottle shop.

Garrafaria e Tabacaria do Rossio

Travesse Coronel Águas

0930 – 2000hrs daily except Sundays closed

Beer, wine, spirits, confectionery, ice creams.

MARINA




Meu Super

Upper level, town end

0730 - 1900 winter

Open until 2200 summer(?)

SPAR
Lower level next to Sharky's Bar
0800 - 2000 (summer)
0900 - 1900 (winter)
Small but part of the reliable SPAR chain.

OLD TOWN CENTRE




Supermarket Blue

Rua 5 de Outubro

0800 – 2200 daily

This the 'road to the tunnel'

Sipel

Avenida de 25 de Abril

will check

closed in winter

As Vizinhas

Avenida de 25 de Abril opposite police post

0900 - 2200 daily

small corner store for basics

Patel's store

Rua do MFA, 61
0900 - 0100 daily


Exclusive Indian Grocery

Rua do MFA, 37 - 39

1000-1300 and 1400-2400 except Sundays

Exclusive Indian Grocery is what it is!

Frutaria Neves


CLOSED DOWN


SPAR

Rua das Telecommunicações opposite the road up to Cerro Branco.

0830 – 2000

every day


Mini-Mercado

Rua 1 Dezembro, opposite Vila Recife.

Unknown

This small shop has no name!

7 Days Mini-market

Praça Miguel Bombarda, opposite Tunes bar and near Sol e Mar Hotel

Unknown but open every day until 8pm at least.


Mini-Mercado

Rua Joao de Deus 50 metres from Old Post Office

Unknown

Two doors from Casa da Fonte – classic 'hole in the wall' shop with no name.

Mini-Mercado Neto

Rua Samora Barros, corner of Rua do Ténis

0830 – 1300; 1500 – 1930

25 metres from Casa Mitchell

Supermercado

Avenida Da Liberdade

Unknown but every day

In the pedestrian zone between the square and the main Avenida.

SPAR

Avenida Da Liberdade near taxis and buses

0830 – 2000

every day


CERRO MALPIQUE




Mini-Mercado Cerro Mar

next to Cerro Mar reception

Unknown


CALIÇOS/CLUBE ALBUFEIRA




Pingo Doce

Estrada Alto dos Caliços opposite Health Centre

0800 - 2100 every day

Five minutes walk from Eden Resort and ten minutes from Clube Albufeira and Camping Albufeira

Clube Albufeira

Clube Albufeira site has a mini-market on site

currently closed


Supermercado Favorita

At the entrance of Albufeira Camping

0800 - 2100

May be shorter hours in winter but is open all year.

CERRO ALAGOA/BRISA SOL AREA




Supermercado Coviran

Rua Bartolomeu Dias, 11, opposite Onda Sol apartments

0830 – 2030 daily


Mini Mix Russian supermarket

Rua de Mediterraneo, near Sol Aqua

unknown


VALMANGUDE/FORTE DO VALE




Mini-Mercado Tropical

Avenida Infante D'Henrique next to Restaurante O Lavrador

Unknown

Tiny shop. Opposite Villas Marisol

Supermercado Blue

Rua do Dunfermline, near Forte do Vale apartments

0800 - 2100daily

English newspapers sold.

'Supermarket' (where Spar was)

Rua do Dunfermline

1000 - 1800

may be open longer in summer

Mini-Mercado Tropical Sol

Outside Tropical Sol/opposite Eira Sol

0900 - 2100 daily


BELAVISTA




Kalinka Mini market

Avenida das Ilhas near the skate park

1000 – 1400 and 1600 – 2100 daily


Janelas do Mar minimarket

Within the complex on the same side as the school

Unknown

Summer only I believe. There is a large Pingo Doce supermarket 500 yards away.

MONTECHORO




Intermarché Contact

Closed down. Huge new Intermarché 800 metres away- No car? Walk.



Coviran

Corner of Rua Teixeira Gomes and Rua Vitorino Nemésio.

0830 – 2100 daily

Near Villa Alba, Solar dos Vilarinhos and Mirachoro, 5min walk from Novochoro.

Supermercado Oasis

Rua Texeira Gomes opposite Feliz Choro apartments

Unknown but closed Sundays

Near Mirachoro, Marina Sol and Choromar apts

AREAIS SÃO JOÃO/THE 'STRIP' AREA




Minimarket Vilanova

In the small shopping centre next to Vila Nova

0900 – 2300 except Sundays 0900 - 2200


Mini-market Rana d'Oiro

Rua Texeira Gomes almost opposite Corcovada

0900- 1300 and 1500 - 1930

May be closed on Sundays-

OURA/PRAIA DA OURA




Intermarché contact

Inside the small 'Centro Comercial' just up from the beach

0900 – 1930 daily


Coviran

Rua Ramalho Ortigao by Oura Village Apartments

0900 – 1900 (2200 in summer) daily

This is at the top of the hill leading down to the beach.

SPAR

Rua Vasco de Gama

closed

Temporarily closed according to SPAR website

1 stop shop

Rua Vasco de Gama

Unknown

Near Kiss Disco, Hotel Topazio and Areias Village. Very basic and very small.

SANTA EULÁLIA




SPAR

closed down



BRANQUEIRA




Arco Iris

EN526 main road through the village

0800 – 1300, 1500 – 2000 closed Saturday afternoons and Sundays

Sells small gas bottles

BALAIA




Algarve Favorita

Main road near Balaia Golf, opposite Balaia Mar

0800 – 2100 daily

Open until 2300 May – September.

Alto da Colina

At the Alto da Colina / Algarve Holiday Village

0800 – 2000 daily

Closed in winter exact dates unknown

OLHOS D'AGUA




Algarvetalhos

Just off the main road near Cabana Bar and Shakes Bar.

0830 - 2000 daily


Supermercado Fátima 2

Caminho da Monte, Torre de Medronheira

0830 – 2100 daily

Close to Clube Maria Luisa and Villas Aguas resorts

VALE AZINHEIRAS




Mini-Market Vieira

Near the petrol station

Unknown


AÇOTEAIS




Intermarché Contact at Roja-Pé

Opposite the Sheraton Algarve and Falésia hotel entrances

0830 – 2000 hrs in winter

0800 – 2100 in summer


Coviran Mira Parque

At the Mira Parque resort on the main road

0815 – 2000 daily


FALESIA/ROCHA BAIXINHA




Coviran Varzea, Alfamar

Close to the Alfamar resort complex, on the main road

0900 - 1315 and 1500 – 1900 winter

0830 – 2000 daily in summer

Closed on Sundays in winter

Mini Mercado Várzea de Quarteira

On the Rocha Baixinha road

0900 – 1300 and 1300 – 1900 in winter

Closed on Sundays in winter. May keep longer hours in summer.

Supermercado Sol de Fálesia

Rua do Fálesia near Stella Maris, Epic Sana and Pine Sun Park hotels / resorts

0800 – 2030 daily.


SÃO RAFAEL/SESMARIAS








Mini-Mercado Sesmarias

Estrada das Sesmarias at turnoff to Praia Coelha

Unknown


Mini-Mercado Octavio

Estrada das Sesmarias next to Dom Diniz restaurant

Unknown

Inside the bar/cafe Octavio so might be open bar hours!

Tommy's Supermarket

Estrada da Sesmarias, near turnoff to S. Rafael beach next to City Bar

0730 – 2330 the sign says!

UK, German and Dutch papers, fruit & veg, meat counter.

GALÉ




Apolónia Supermarket

Sitio Vale do Rabelho

0800 – 2000 daily

Well signposted from nearby streets, a well regarded but expensive medium sized shop.

Mini-Mercado Monte de Galé

Don't know but close to O Farol restaurant and Vila Galé Praia hotel

Unknown

Tiny place, it's a café as well. About 300 yards from beach,

SALGADOS VILLAGE AND BAYSIDE




Oceano Supermarket

Tucked away in the Salgados Village development

0800 - 2030 daily

Follow the signs from Bayside or Salgados Village. None of the roads have names. It's round the back

VALE DE PARRA








SPAR  ex-Favorita

closed down. ALDI is next door to where it was



PATROVES




Coviran Plus (Ex-Oceano)

On the EN 526 between Patroves and Vale de Parra

0800 - 1930

Well stocked and an obviously popular place, Cafe and cash machine there also.

SPAR Supermercado Castelo

Estrada do Castelo, just off the EN526

0800 - 2030


GUIA




Mini mercado Freskfofo

Rua Joaquim Martins Rodrigues, in old part of village.

0800 – 1300 and 1500 - 2000 daily

I noticed it sells Coviran branded products. Small shop, well stocked.

Talho Coelho

By the Chickens roundabout

0830 - 1330

1530 - 2000 Tuesday to Friday

0830 - 1400 Saturdays

A small butcher's and 'convenience store'. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

Fruta Lovers

closed down



SPAR
Round the back of the market hall,
in Largo do Rossio
0800 - 2000 daily

FERREIRAS




Supermercado Fresca Auténtíco


CLOSED DOWN

There's nothing in the centre of the village but there is a big Intermarché supermarket on the old N125 road about ½ mile from the village centre and about 5 minutes walk from the station.

Mercado Municipal

Av. 12 de Julho (the old N125)

Weekday mornings

Close to the village centre. Fresh fruit and veg.

PADERNE




Mini-market (has no name)

Rua 5 de Outubro (main street through the village)

Unknown

Small shop, has fresh meat and bread. Well stocked.

Supermercado Dias (Coviran chain)

Rua Miguel Bombarda near the church

0700 – 2100 but Sundays 0700 – 1300 only




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Replies:
Posted By: zesr
Date Posted: 15/December/2011 at 23:40
Great service!

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 05/January/2012 at 20:50
Another local shop has closed down. This time it is the Ali Super opposite the health centre, which was the nearest to Eden Resort, Clube Albufeira and Camping Albufeira. That means that excepting small, expensive on site shops there is nothing with a mile or so in any direction  for any of those places.

That makes at least four shops gone in the last six weeks. Sign of the times.


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Posted By: TomUK
Date Posted: 06/January/2012 at 23:33

The mini market referred to in the chart above on Rua Dunfermline, Areias Sao Joao, under the heading 'Valmangude/Forte do Vale' is indeed on the corner near the Tropical Sol Apartments and opposite the Eirasol Apartments and has certainly not closed down. I think it is actually called Mercado Tropical Sol. It opens from early morning to around 9-0 p.m. in the evening. Well stocked, but a tad dearer than Continente and Pingo Doce.



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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 07/January/2012 at 10:20
Thanks. I will update. it certainly looked closed last time I passed by!

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 17/January/2012 at 19:05

Windmill Hill and Cerro Grande people please note that the Ali Super next to the Arte Bar has closed down for good.

Apart from the mini-market, it's a long way now to the shops!


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Posted By: Avril
Date Posted: 17/January/2012 at 19:42
No suprise to be honest, when it re-opened it was really not well stocked and at NY it was dismal to say the least. A pity really cos it was in a catchment area of a lot of residential property not just holiday property and also one of the main high schools of albufeira, obviously they chose not to shop there.  I did support it when we were over but at NY the cheapest bottle of vinho on the shelves was about €8, thinking about it now, they were prob trying to sell off the stock they had. It's a pity and sadly I hope it doesnt have an effect on the other little businesses that are struggling there, like the little pattiserie and Artes Bar and the Cerro Grande restaurant as they are all really worth a visit and they really do try hard to make a go of their businesses!


Posted By: steven.vanessa
Date Posted: 07/February/2012 at 12:09
Just noticed this, thats such a shame, anytime i was in it it was usually quite busy aswell.


Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 08/February/2012 at 09:34
Sign of the times. Almost al the Ali Supers that re-opened have closed down again - I was in Vilamoura yesterday and the one there is closed as are the former stores in Almancil and Quinta do Lago.

Any supermarket that relies on visitors for trade is going to struggle these day. Ali Super were apparently badly managed in the first place, plus most people now jump in their cars and go to the hypermarkets as they do everywhere.


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Posted By: Algarveaddick
Date Posted: 08/February/2012 at 09:41
Use it or lose it...


Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 05/April/2012 at 08:58
You may have read that the defunct AliSuper name has been bought by another supermarket chain (can't remember the name) and it does look as if the old AliSuper opposite the Health Centre and the fairly large one in Avenida da Liberdade near the bus and taxi stands are being repainted and made ready for re-opening. I shall have a closer  look later.

Whether a relatively small town can sustain so many supermarkets remains to be seen.


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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 05/April/2012 at 14:35
I can confirm that the former Alisupers in Avenida da Liberdade and also the one at the Windmill Hill end of town next to Arte Bar are both being repainted into new company colours. I didn't see anyone actually working nor were there any notices concerning re-opening. Watch this space.

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Posted By: DICEYUK
Date Posted: 05/April/2012 at 15:28
The Alisuper in Acoteias, which is quite large and opposite the Sheraton/Pine Cliffs closed, for the second time last November. However, they did put a notice in the window at the time saying that it would be "re-opening soon"
"Soon" probably meant anytime now given that there will be more tourists about - no Portuguese in their right minds would shop there when there are far better & cheaper alternatives 10 minutes up the road in Olhos D'agua & Albufeira - it's just way too expensive, even for people who self cater at the Pine Cliffs.

Up until 5 or so years ago they were very busy & had a fish counter, a butchers, a good deli section & they baked their own bread section. However, this all dissapeared 3 or 4 years ago. For the last 2 years the shop has been very short of stock with loads of empty spaces on the shelves with even basic everyday things like Coke out of stock - lack of credit from the suppliers I assume. The fruit & veg was often rotting on the shelf so consequently they had very few customers last year even during the peak season.

There's another smaller shop about 500 yards down the road (Miraparque) that used to be an Alisuper too but it's now owned by the people who originally had the Alisuper franchise. Prices there are not cheap either but at least they're more competitive, it's well stocked so hence & it's quite busy.

If it does re-open, under Alisuper or another name, then they'll need to get their act together.

I'm back on the 18th so I'll let you know what's happening when I return.  

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 06/April/2012 at 08:30
The Alisupers in the old town had the same notice on their doors for two years! The Avenida da Liberdade one is still there.

Any updates gratefully received as I don't get over to Açoteais very often.


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Posted By: windmillhill
Date Posted: 06/April/2012 at 18:02
It is looking good.  There's an article in the Portugal News today.  I tried to post a link earlier but it wouldn't work, possibly because of copyright.
 
The new owner is José Nogueira, who owns two fruit, vegetable and meat companies in Spain. The take-over follows "a government-brokered deal involving the Lamego-based Nogueira group and a series of banks". It's hoped that 26 stores will be re-opened by September, possibly with more to follow.  There's mention of "a rebranding exercise clearly intended to give the store a gourmet feel"!
 
I think the Vale do Lobo store has already opened.
 
 
 
 


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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 08/April/2012 at 08:26
Yes, I read that the Vale Do Lobo store had opened.

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 10/April/2012 at 14:49
The Ali Super opposite the Health Centre has re-opened I think. Certainly people were going in and out but I was on a bus, so couldn't be 100%.

This is the one closest to Eden Resort, Clube Albufeira and Camping Albufeira.


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Posted By: steven.vanessa
Date Posted: 10/April/2012 at 15:20
Any news of the one at Cerro Grande opening again?


Posted By: Walrus
Date Posted: 12/April/2012 at 19:23
Originally posted by cubsur cubsur wrote:

I can confirm that the former Alisupers in Avenida da Liberdade and also the one at the Windmill Hill end of town next to Arte Bar are both being repainted into new company colours. I didn't see anyone actually working nor were there any notices concerning re-opening. Watch this space.
Watching avidly with fingers, toes and everything else crossed too... which is getting rather painful! Tongue


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Posted By: Algarveaddick
Date Posted: 12/April/2012 at 23:16
Originally posted by cubsur cubsur wrote:

The Ali Super opposite the Health Centre has re-opened I think. Certainly people were going in and out but I was on a bus, so couldn't be 100%.

This is the one closest to Eden Resort, Clube Albufeira and Camping Albufeira.




It is indeed, my man on the spot, Ron ( or Uncle Albert, as Floyd's Bar customers might know him ) was in there yesterday and confirmed that the shelves are fully stocked.


Posted By: Jayjan
Date Posted: 12/April/2012 at 23:46
well our old Alisuper in Branqueira  never closed up when all the trouble was going on and then changed its name to Arco Iris. Lovely folks too,its ok for emergency things but other than that its Pingo Doce , Lidl, or Continente.


Posted By: steven.vanessa
Date Posted: 13/April/2012 at 07:35
Originally posted by cubsur cubsur wrote:

I can confirm that the former Alisupers in Avenida da Liberdade and also the one at the Windmill Hill end of town next to Arte Bar are both being repainted into new company colours. I didn't see anyone actually working nor were there any notices concerning re-opening. Watch this space.
Oops sorry never noticed this post.


Posted By: Bedlam
Date Posted: 13/April/2012 at 20:04
I saw an Alisuper delivery truck parked in the delivery bay at the branch on the Guia road heading towards Repsol Garage/Algarve Camping 10 days ago......whether it was loading/unloading I know not

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 14/April/2012 at 08:53
See above - shop is open.

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Posted By: Bedlam
Date Posted: 14/April/2012 at 09:08
Originally posted by cubsur cubsur wrote:

See above - shop is open.


Sorry missed that, just found this though http://www.theportugalnews.com/cgi-bin/article.pl?id=1159-8" rel="nofollow - http://www.theportugalnews.com/cgi-bin/article.pl?id=1159-8

I do hope the Cerro Grande re-opens as it is very near my new place



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Posted By: Walrus
Date Posted: 17/April/2012 at 14:21
Originally posted by Bedlam Bedlam wrote:

I do hope the Cerro Grande re-opens as it is very near my new place
Surely you'd think it would be a bit of a gold mine if managed correctly?  Anyhow, I'm with you mate.


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Posted By: windmillhill
Date Posted: 18/April/2012 at 16:54
Just heard the Cerro Grande supermarket is due to re-open on Friday Big smile

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Posted By: Walrus
Date Posted: 18/April/2012 at 23:29
That is the best news I've heard all day Big smile

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 19/April/2012 at 19:24
"Surely you'd think it would be a bit of a gold mine if managed correctly?  Anyhow, I'm with you mate."

Well, the previous owners found that holidaymakers alone could not sustain the business over a whole year, that allied to dire mis-management.

Albufeira has a huge number of supermarket and corner shops compared with towns of similar size in the UK. Don't forget that in winter this is a town of 20,000 then in July and August 100,000 are here. It's hard work to sustain a business on a few week's income as many restaurants and bars are finding out.

So as everyone leaps into their cars and heads for Algarve Shopping don't be surprised when the local shops close down.

Good luck to them.


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Posted By: DICEYUK
Date Posted: 19/April/2012 at 21:03
Update Alisuper in Acoteias.

Well, it's reopened but still under the name of Alisuper. However, it has undegone a complete refurbishment - new logo, new facia, new fidges & displays. The butcher & fresh fish counters have been reinstated as have the deli & bakery departments. The shop is now fully stocked (first time in 3 years) so all in all, it's a great improvement & it does look quite nice.

Didn't have time to do any in depth price checking so it will be interesting to see on my next visit if they are now even remotely competitive with everyone else - previously they were excessively expensive compared to the competition, both locally in Acoteias & slightly further afield in Albufeira.

And of course, pricing will ultimately be the difference between success & failure. You can "rebrand" & smarten a store up as much as you like but unless your prices are reasonably competitive then you stand little or no chance of surviving.


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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 20/April/2012 at 08:31
Dicey - thanks. Did you happen to notice what the opening hours are?

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 20/April/2012 at 13:34
Just to confirm the Ali Supers that have re-opened at Cerro Grande/Windmill Hill and Caliços (opposite the Health Centre and near Eden Resort, Clube Albufeira and Camping Albufeira) are both open 830am to 8pm every day, Sundays and most  holidays included.

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Posted By: DICEYUK
Date Posted: 20/April/2012 at 18:24
As yet I cannot find out the opening times - there is a notice on the sliding door but as the door is open, you can't see what it says.

Anyway, I spent 30 minutes in there at 5pm. All the fruit & veg look very nice & fresh, the fish & meat counters are well stocked & there are 6 or 7 members of staff around.

An extended look at prices suggests that they're still around the same levels as before which is not good news. They're more expensive (+10%/15%) than the shop 100 yards away in Mira Parque & considerably more expensive (+25%) versus Pingo Doce etc. Furthermore, there are no what you would call blinding special opening offers or discounts.

The whole time I was in there I was the only customer so it begs the question of how busy they will get. They can only survive from tourists staying in Acoteias at the Pine Cliffs etc but to be honest there are virtually no tourists around this area at the moment - it's almost deserted & no busier than it was in February. If they don't have a good summer it'll be gone again in the Autumn.

The bottom line is how long will they be able to keep buying fresh stuff (fruit, veg, fish, meat etc) and chucking it out when it hasn't been sold & it's gone off. This will in turn lead to the closure of the fish & buthchers depts & they'll quickly be back to square one.






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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 21/April/2012 at 10:54
Thanks Dicey. Also I spotted yesterday that the AliSuper in the Avenida Liberdade by the taxi stands and bus stops also is open or about to be. Will check that one out tomorrow when I top up my bus pass.

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 23/April/2012 at 10:59
Ali Super in Avenida da Liberdade is also open, 0830 - 2000 daily. I also passed by the little one in the Rua das Telecommunicaçoes at the bottom of the hill that goes up to Floyd's bar and Cerro Branco. Shopfitters were working inside, so re-opening looks to be fairly soon.

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Posted By: Walrus
Date Posted: 25/April/2012 at 01:36
Originally posted by cubsur cubsur wrote:

Just to confirm the Ali Supers that have re-opened at Cerro Grande/Windmill Hill ... open 830am to 8pm every day, Sundays and most  holidays included.
WooHoo, you are the bearer of great news sir Big smile


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Posted By: Bedlam
Date Posted: 25/April/2012 at 01:41
Originally posted by Walrus Walrus wrote:

Originally posted by cubsur cubsur wrote:

Just to confirm the Ali Supers that have re-opened at Cerro Grande/Windmill Hill ... open 830am to 8pm every day, Sundays and most  holidays included.
WooHoo, you are the bearer of great news sir Big smile


No real need to, but I can confirm that, will just look out of my balcony......yes it is there still and they will be open at 8.30 (or maybe not , it is a Bank Holiday then)


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Posted By: Kaz1
Date Posted: 25/April/2012 at 16:34
Hi the Ali super at the top of Rua Vasco Da Gama nextdoor to the Calipto Bar is now open.

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Posted By: mystery
Date Posted: 26/April/2012 at 08:57
Originally posted by cubsur cubsur wrote:

Just to confirm the Ali Supers that have re-opened at Cerro Grande/Windmill Hill and Caliços (opposite the Health Centre and near Eden Resort, Clube Albufeira and Camping Albufeira) are both open 830am to 8pm every day, Sundays and most  holidays included.

Woo hoo! 


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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 26/April/2012 at 09:46
Originally posted by Kaz1 Kaz1 wrote:

Hi the Ali super at the top of Rua Vasco Da Gama nextdoor to the Calipto Bar is now open.


I don't recall this one actually ever closing so it might have passed into private ownership as many of the smaller ones did and maybe they never bothered to change the signs.


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Posted By: Kaz1
Date Posted: 26/April/2012 at 10:02
Yes it was closed twice over the last 2 years mainly during the winter months,  was open in Oct 2011,  closed in January when I was over  and reopened  at Easter, they seem to have had a complete fit out, but not sure if it's private owner or not, they do have the same sign.

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 28/April/2012 at 09:24
Yesterday, they were busy stocking up the Ali Super in Rua das Telecommunicações (that's the one near Cerro Branco) so re-opening must be imminent. How they expect to do much business with two hypermarkets within five minutes walk escapes me, but at least they are trying.

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Posted By: mblingane
Date Posted: 14/June/2012 at 19:52
Can anyone tell me what time the supermarkets near the worm roundabout close? I'm on an an evening flight in July and will want to grab essentials (water etc) before heading out for the night. Staying at the tropical sol and can see that the shop there closes at 9pm but don't think we'll be there before it closes.

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Posted By: Bedlam
Date Posted: 14/June/2012 at 22:47
Modelo near Brisa Sol shuts at ten

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 15/June/2012 at 09:53
Does anyone know if the Ali Super in Galé has now re-opened? They were working inside when I was last over that way a couple of weeks ago.

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 20/June/2012 at 09:45
To answer my own question above - I cycled past it yesterday morning and no work is now taking place. It remains firmly closed.

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Posted By: Bedlam
Date Posted: 29/June/2012 at 20:56
Originally posted by cubsur cubsur wrote:

Does anyone know if the Ali Super in Galé has now re-opened? They were working inside when I was last over that way a couple of weeks ago.

To answer my own question above - I cycled past it yesterday morning and no work is now taking place. It remains firmly closed. 

It was open today, always hard to tell as the entrance is not easily visible from the road


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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 30/June/2012 at 09:25
Thanks Bedlam -I often cycle over that way so will take a nose around some time next week.

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 17/August/2012 at 11:20
In case anyone hadn't noticed, the 'International Supermarket' (what was M&J's) in the old town near the bus stops and taxis has closed down. Premises for sale.

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 25/August/2012 at 10:38
Anyone staying up in Páteo or the Encosta da Orada may like to know that the Ali Super at the Albufeira Jardim II complex has re-opened. It's hours are 0830- 2100 daily. The street name is Rua Cesario Verde, the street turns off the main road by the traffic lights.

It's barely 50 metres from the other shop and I doubt there is enough business for both, so which one will go first I wonder?


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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 25/February/2013 at 18:21
General list updated 24th February. Another 'Indian Grocery' has opened in the old town, this one at the bottom end of the Rua dos MFA. How are they going to make any money?


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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 20/April/2013 at 09:05
List on page 1 updated. I have noticed that a couple of small shops have closed down.


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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 30/April/2014 at 11:53
If anyone or anyone you know is planning to go to an Ali Super tomorrow (May 1st) be ware that they will be CLOSED.

May 1st is of course an official public holiday and some other small shops will be closed as well.

So far as I know the big stores are open as they always are.


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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 04/March/2015 at 13:25
A few updates to the list in February and March 2015. SPAR have taken over the Supermercado Castelo in Patroves. They seem to be making inroads into the convenience store market around the Algarve.


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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 13/April/2015 at 15:24
The little post office counter in the old town has moved.

It's now at the Fumos e Mitos off licence in Avenida 25 de Abril just by the Hotel Baltum.

As yet I don't know what hours they keep, except closed at weekends.


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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 03/May/2015 at 12:16
A quick heads up for anyone staying around the Oura Village or Praia Da Oura area generally.

Coviran have opened a new supermarket at the top of the hill going down to the beach, by the Oura Village apartments and below the World Sports Bar. Open 9am to 7pm every day.


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Posted By: DICEYUK
Date Posted: 03/May/2015 at 16:47
Good little shops Corivan - quite competitive, a good range of stuff and well organised. At least ours is in Acoteias.

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 09/June/2015 at 09:07
The Ali Super in Galé is 'closed for holidays' but it looks permanent to me, as with the one down the road from me in Páteo.


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Posted By: DICEYUK
Date Posted: 09/June/2015 at 09:20
Not surprised if the one in Acoteias is anything to go by - lots of "out of date" products, rotten fruit & veg, sky high prices and disinterested staff.
They have reduced the store size by 50% yet there are still empty shelves.
Even though it now only opens in the summer there's hardly anybody that uses it.
Coviran is only a few hundred yards down the road and it's just so much better in every respect.
Wouldn't be a great shock if this one closed too.


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Posted By: DICEYUK
Date Posted: 03/July/2015 at 20:58
Alisuper in Acoteias.
Currently closed for refurbishment Confused
So they've had all winter to do that (it was closed from Nov to Apr) but are doing it now in the first week of July.
Unbelievable


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Posted By: Algarveaddick
Date Posted: 04/July/2015 at 10:14
Clube Monaco just decided to start doing a load of work on their roof in time for the height of season. It's not an emergency, as they have been preparing for it for quite a while. Dim as a Toch H lamp...


Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 04/July/2015 at 10:58
Heads up that the Ali Super in Galé has reopened. Hours 0830 - 2000hrs every day.


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Posted By: DICEYUK
Date Posted: 09/July/2015 at 11:57
The above mentioned Alisuper in Acoteias has reopened this morning.
It's now an Intermarche Contact store.
Good news - at the very least it can't be worse than the Alisuper was and it'll probably be much better.

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 19/August/2015 at 11:42
Looks like Ali Super are selling out. Most of you know that the store opposite the health centre was taken by Pingo Doce. In addition, their store opposite the old cemetery next to the Arte Bar is now an Intermarché Contact.

Any further info about other Ali Supers gratefully received.


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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 11/January/2016 at 11:07
The Supermercado Central in the old town opposite Hotel Baltum has re-opened following repairs after the flood.


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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 12/April/2016 at 08:38
The Ali Super(market)in Avenida Liberdade (old town) by the bus stops and taxi rank has closed down. A sign on the door says "Open Sooner" and that was dated 31st March.


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Posted By: Algarveaddick
Date Posted: 12/April/2016 at 08:48
Likewise the Ali super in Rua Das Telecomunicacoes, they are claiming they are "stocktaking", but have been shut over a week. The word on the street is that a new owner is taking that one over, whether that applies to all, I don't know?   


Posted By: Algarveaddick
Date Posted: 14/April/2016 at 08:12
Some painting going on at the one I mentioned yesterday. The branch in Rua Alexandre Hurculano (near the old Kilt & Celt) is also closed.    


Posted By: DICEYUK
Date Posted: 15/April/2016 at 15:44
Spar have bought 12 Alisuper shops. The remainder will close.
http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/spar-buys-remaining-alisuper-supermarkets/37943" rel="nofollow - http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/spar-buys-remaining-alisuper-supermarkets/37943


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Posted By: Algarveaddick
Date Posted: 15/April/2016 at 16:28
That's a knockdown price!


Posted By: Algarveaddick
Date Posted: 18/April/2016 at 12:01
The one in Rua Das Telecomunicacoes has a Spar sign up now, the one in Rua Alexandre Herculano doesn't.


Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 19/April/2016 at 10:37
Originally posted by Algarveaddick Algarveaddick wrote:

The one in Rua Das Telecomunicacoes has a Spar sign up now, the one in Rua Alexandre Herculano doesn't.


I shall examine the former prior to my arrival at One 4 the Road for the evening's cultural activities.

Their new shops are not listed on their website but interestingly neither is the one in Rua Dunfermline near the Forte do Vale,which has been open for a while.

Anyone who spots a new Spar, do tell and preferably with opening times!


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Posted By: bob d
Date Posted: 19/April/2016 at 12:34
"Cultural Activities " love it, can't wait.

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Posted By: Algarveaddick
Date Posted: 24/April/2016 at 07:53
The Spar in Rua Das Telecomunicacoes is now open. The former Ali super in Avenida da Liberdade (near the old bus station)has also reopened as a Spar.   


Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 24/April/2016 at 13:45
As has the former Ali Super at the top end of Rua Vasco da Gama, near Topazia, Auramar and Areias Village apartments.


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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 15/March/2018 at 20:11
Might be useful for some to know that the SPAR in Rua Dunfermline near the Forte do Vale is now open until midnight every night.


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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 19/March/2019 at 20:21
A heads up that the Oceano supermarket at Patroves is 'closed for renovations' - people were working inside. No re-opening date given.

Also, the new ALDI at Vale de Parra is going to be pretty big. Picture taken this afternoon. Click for full size.

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Vale de Parra is obviously the place to be. A few steps from ALDI is this rather imposing looking development of I know not what.

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And also, although there was no point in taking a picture, a few chaps were toiling away at the new Iceland store coming in Galé. No sign of any opening date.


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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 11/May/2019 at 08:51
The ALDI building at Vale De Parra is substantially complete. Nothing inside yet so still plenty of work to be done.

The finishing touches are being made to the Iceland Overseas store at Galé. All they would say though was 'open soon'!

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I have also been told that LIDL have bought a patch of land in Vale de Parra!




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Posted By: peteknopp
Date Posted: 11/May/2019 at 08:58
Both new Icelands invite you to openings on the 28th may.

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Posted By: Andrew
Date Posted: 11/May/2019 at 10:13
It’s all happening in Vale de Parra!
That other “imposing” development you mention Tom, the primary unit is going to be another restaurant, the other units are all retail. When I expressed the view that it would take years to find occupants I was told they were all already taken.
I also here another restaurant later in the year next to Jompra.
On the flip side, it looks like O’Girasol has closed.
Oceana has been taken over so they are all being closed in turn for refit in new companies style, like the one in Vale de Parra that opened in its new livery a couple of weeks ago.

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Posted By: Big Col
Date Posted: 11/May/2019 at 15:55
Originally posted by Andrew Andrew wrote:

It’s all happening in Vale de Parra!


Yup, comercial buildings, supermarkets, building sites, places closing, who would want to have a place there? 🤣🤣🤣

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 12/May/2019 at 10:48
"On the flip side, it looks like O’Girasol has closed."

I went past it the other day it still had stuff outside but someone else has also said it was closed. Also apparently closed is Lageado by the Glenridge resort a bit further up the road.

Coviran has taken over the Oceano chain. The store on the main road near Vale de Parra is now branded Coviran Plus Oceano and has re-opened. The other one round the back of Bayside etc was also open last Thursday.


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Posted By: Andrew
Date Posted: 12/May/2019 at 13:28
Originally posted by Big Col Big Col wrote:

Originally posted by Andrew Andrew wrote:

It’s all happening in Vale de Parra!


Yup, comercial buildings, supermarkets, building sites, places closing, who would want to have a place there? 🤣🤣🤣


Every man and his dog it would seem, villa by us sold the day after they put it on the market and prices are getting silly!

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Posted By: Big Col
Date Posted: 12/May/2019 at 13:50
That's what you want when you've got property there already 👍

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Posted By: Andrew
Date Posted: 12/May/2019 at 19:20
Very true 👍👍👍
But then again, unless you’re selling and cashing up, it’s of little relevance, but it is reassuring if you’re a property owner.


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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 12/June/2019 at 14:51
The new ALDI at Vale de Parra opened this morning.

I will check in a couple of weeks which of the tehr local shops look like closing down!


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Posted By: Andrew
Date Posted: 12/June/2019 at 16:31
The small supermarket next door must be quaking! Shame for them but it happens all the time all around the world.

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Posted By: Big Col
Date Posted: 12/June/2019 at 19:37
Originally posted by cubsur cubsur wrote:

The new ALDI at Vale de Parra opened this morning.



I must admit I thought it was open when we passed yesterday as there were quite a few cars in the car park. We passed another Aldi at Logoa which looked identical.

We visited the Coviran Oceano on the way back and it was quite modern and smart with more stock than before. 🍞🍗🍳

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Posted By: Andrew
Date Posted: 14/June/2019 at 10:43
Yes, the new ALDI is open, it’s a nice store and, for us, very convenient. I do feel for the older, smaller local shops, it’s clearly going to impact on their business and I would think Apolonia will also take a hit.
But, always a but isn’t there, they have provided a perfectly serviceable car park yet the latest trend seems to be Portuguese husbands drop their wives to do the shop and then sit in the car, windows down, radio blasting to wait for them, but there must be a rule that says you can’t use a parking bay and ignoring the inconvenience to the shoppers/pedestrians, you have to park as close to the door as you can, this also when there’s five partaking, blocks the car park as well, it’s a clever game when played well and also no one walking past, when they unravel a route, can enjoy your music as each car is blasting out a different radio station.
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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 31/January/2020 at 12:34
Information updated for a couple of places in the old town. More being checked this weekend.

Any contributions gratefully received. Go to page 1 for the list.


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Posted By: ClairedKildare
Date Posted: 31/January/2020 at 14:09
Jimmys was closed all last year, I think he is gone. The Fruitaria opposite the Cavern is gone too, thought you might have noticed that Cubsur!!. Not sure about the Coviran behind the Camara either.


Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 01/February/2020 at 08:32
Yes I had spotted those, forgot about them but will update. Thanks for the reminder.

I have also seen yesterday that the SPAR in Rua Dunfermline has closed, replaced by something just called 'Supermarket'.

I can check the Coviran on Monday when I am up that way.


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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 03/February/2020 at 19:52
Jimmy's in Rua do MFA has definitely gone, but a new shop has opened next door called Patel's Stores. A typical small Indian store with big bags of rice stacked high.

The Coviran around the back of the Câmara is still going.


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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 06/February/2020 at 15:51
The SPAR shop in Santa Eulalia has closed. Quite recently by the look of it, as there was stuff still inside.


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Posted By: hamlet
Date Posted: 06/February/2020 at 18:03
Originally posted by cubsur cubsur wrote:

The SPAR shop in Santa Eulalia has closed. Quite recently by the look of it, as there was stuff still inside.

The shop on the corner of R.Alexandra Herculano (SPAR?)
and Santa Eulalia was closed in November.


Posted By: tonisdad
Date Posted: 06/February/2020 at 18:36
Originally posted by cubsur cubsur wrote:

The SPAR shop in Santa Eulalia has closed. Quite recently by the look of it, as there was stuff still inside.

I f you mean Akil`s near Teasers Tom it was open Sunday night,



Posted By: tonisdad
Date Posted: 06/February/2020 at 18:42
Originally posted by cubsur cubsur wrote:

Jimmy's in Rua do MFA has definitely gone, but a new shop has opened next door called Patel's Stores. A typical small Indian store 

Would say looking around town lately there is going to be a lot of them appearing. Even the lads doing the drainage work down the old town sea front area had turbans same as does one of the road sweepers.


Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 07/February/2020 at 09:46
Thanks Hamlet. I haven't been that way lately. All the small SPAR stores around town have now closed, leaving only the larger ones at Avenida da Liberdade near the bus stops and taxis, in Rua das Telecomunicações at the bottom of Cerro Branco hill and the one in Rua Vasco da Gama that goes down to Auramar and Aquamarina. Their store over in Sesmarias, Estrada do Castelo, is also open for business.

Their shop at the marina is not listed on their website but it was there last week.

"I f you mean Akil`s near Teasers Tom it was open Sunday night,"

I don't know that one.

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 11/February/2020 at 15:33
Strange! The SPAR in Santa Eulalia, which was firmly closed last week, was open today. The sign says hours are 0900 to 2400 daily. Maybe it isn't a real SPAR any more? Anyway, it's back on the list.


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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 21/July/2020 at 16:00
Updates - Supermercado Central in the old town Avenida 25 de Abril has closed down.

The SPAR in Santa Eulália is still a real SPAR.


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