According to Fecoma, Malaga’s commercial federation, the Malaga province will soon be welcoming 7 new large shopping centres and the expansion of 5 existing centres, whose space will be approximately doubled. Among the whistles in the wind for new stores are well-known consumer electronics competitors Media Markt and Fnac. German-based Media Markt is Europe’s largest electronics retailer, and is expected to add an installation in the Vialia mall. Two French companies, Fnac and Jardiland (gardening and do-it-yourself), would possibly be located respectively in Malaga Plaza (or the port) and Plaza Mayor.
How will they expand those establishments located in Malaga’s city centre? Without actually stepping on neighbouring property, the options seem to be building upwards or opening prohibitively small premises. One such centre is Vialia, otherwise known as Estación María Zambrano, the Renfe, or just the train station. This centre has other problems to deal with before opening the door to new business, especially the ongoing fight of the city against Vialia retailers who open illegally on Sundays and holidays. Businesses such as Media Markt will also have to face some city administrators who don’t want to make the traffic situation worse, as would definitely happen in a large-scale expansion project.