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Yes, I read that the Vale Do Lobo store had opened.
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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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Any news of the one at Cerro Grande opening again?
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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.
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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.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jayjan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post 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.
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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.
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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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See above - shop is open.
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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

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

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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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Just heard the Cerro Grande supermarket is due to re-open on Friday Big smile
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That is the best news I've heard all day Big smile
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"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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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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