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Apolonia invests €9 million in Lagoa supermarket

Apolonia invests €9 million in Lagoa supermarket

It started as a mini-market on the outskirts of Almancil but now the family-run Apolónia Supermarkets chain is one of the Algarve’s most successful, with plans to open the “biggest and most modern” outlet yet in Lagoa this summer.

The project, representing a €9 million investment, has been in the pipeline “for years” and will create 100 new jobs in the municipality, promise the firm.

Plans do not stop there, however. As soon as the right location is found, the company wants to open its fourth supermarket in Lagos.

Apolónia opened in 1983 as a 100-square metre mini-market in Vale d’Éguas. Slowly but steadily, it grew to its current 1,150sqm size in 2001.

Seven years later, Apolónia opened its second supermarket in Galé, Albufeira.

And now, says the founder, the move to Lagoa is “an obvious choice”. Speaking to the Resident, 62-year-old Avelino Apolónia said Lagoa has “a stable resident and non-resident population which appreciates a variety of products, quality and service”.

The council has also welcomed the project “in a very positive and constructive way”, he added. “They believed, just like us, that opening an Apolónia supermarket would be good for the local population.”

The only problem was the right place. “It took years to find!” the company’s patriarch revealed.

The chosen spot is in the southern part of town near the main entries from Carvoeiro and Sesmarias

Read the full story at Portugal Resident

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Avelino Apolonia – Founder