Brico Depot

The hundreds of thousands of drivers who have sat in summer queues on the N332 in Torrevieja may be somewhat concerned to learn that traffic is soon to get a lot worse, as Torrevieja town hall is to reclassify land near the salt factory, to enable the construction of a new 32,000 square metre DIY retail store.

The multinational Kingfisher Group, which includes B&Q and ScrewFix, amongst the 6 brands they represent, plans to build a Brico Depot store on the plot near the cemetery, on the west side of the N332, to compliment their store already thriving in Elche.

The site is centric to other DIY stores, such as Brico King (previously named Ardy), who have already struggled since the opening of Akí in the Habaneras centre, who in turn have suffered since Leroy Merlin opened at Zenia Boulevard.

The area is in a prime location to the road network, assuming traffic was able to flow along it, with the link road used by trucks to collect salt from the Salinas for worldwide distribution.

The site is included in the 1986 General Plan, part of 132,000 square metres devoted to industrial activity, where larger vehicles would take up less road space, but the modification reduces that area and provides 16,000 square metres of land for a store built on two floors. The change in the plan will also call for 10% of the land to be converted to “green” land, for parks and gardens, but will require final approval.

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