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Torremolinos Town centre

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Torremolinos Town centre

Interesting article in Sur in English about the slow demise of Torremolinos town centre and the drift of the "chain" stores to out of town areas. services.surinenglish.com/virtual/20140131/ (page 6 or 7) Seems like the same issues that many towns throughout the UK are haing/have had. Did Manferga relocate or close? Many of the small shops down the steps of C San Miguel down to the front were closed on our last visit. Admittedly late december, but many with for sale signs in the window.

Although there did seem to be a few more "new" shops at the top end of San Miguel, around the area where Mango used to be.

Whats with all the "frozen yogurt" shops and there must be five or six "fishy feet" type places.

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Out of town shopping centres are to blame for the demise of town centres all over the world but in places that depend on tourism, add that to All Inclusive resorts that mean people don't spend money in the local towns and villages so local business close. Its a shame so I hope that things get better for Torremolinos and the surrounding area.

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Manferga closed (sadly, as it was like a trip back in time!).

There are various reasons for the problems the retail sector in the town centre is having - out of town shopping centres certainly have drawn most of the residents away, nothing is like it was ten years ago (Plaza Mayor is much bigger now, and the large Carrefour with the surrounding shops at El Pinillo wasn't there). The population has grown quite a lot over the last 10 years, but as most of the incomers work in Málaga they tend to shop there too.

The visitors have changed too - as Ceejay points out the rise in AI hotel stays has had the expected effect (the Ayuntamiento tried to fight this but the big hotel companies brought their legal muscle to bear) - also many of the visitors go into Málaga these days to shop (virtually unheard of if you go back to the turn of the century).

As the article points out, many of the people stay down by the sea - the number of shops in Bajondillo, Playamar and La Carihuela bears this out - they're all busy all the year round. Rather like many places in the UK, everything in the centre became far too retail-orientated during the boom, the future is probably for it to revert to the mixed retail / services environment that was the case before.

Anyone over 50 will remember a time before town centres were just shops - they used to have all sorts of other services as well before those were all driven further out by the (now over, never coming back) bricks and mortar retail boom era.

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Unfortunately like most town centres the heart has been sucked out by out of town shopping areas, truthfully for me El calvario has always been the heart beat of Torremolinos, the centre retail area pampered to the tourist trade and like my home town of York has paid the price.

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