Project can be housing only
The controversial LIDL project in Largo Severiano Ferraz, in the upper part of Funchal city centre, refused by the Municipality of Funchal, Câmara Municipal do Funchal, can be re-evaluated according to the headline in JM. However, João Rodrigues, the councillor responsible for Urbanism, indicates that the CMF has already classified the zone as a residential area.
This is now being described as an objective that can be reconciled with the commercial aspect of the supermarket chain as long as the mobility study ensures normal operation of the traffic.
Lidl’s other three investments in Funchal are already in progress. In 2021 the Lidl group announces its expansion to the Autonomous Region of Madeira, with a view to opening three stores by 2023. This is not the first announcement made in this regard, although now appears more precisely and even with the respective timing and amounts involved.
With a consolidated presence in Portugal, from the north to the south of the country, in a network of 265 stores, the retailer is now expanding its operation to the Autonomous Region of Madeira, with an investment of 100 million euros and the first three stores scheduled for 2023.
The entry of Lidl Portugal in the Region also aims to boost the local economy, not only in establishing partnerships with local suppliers but also in recruiting employees, as announced. In this sense, in 2023 around 150 new jobs will be created, with purchases from Madeiran commercial and service providers valued at around 20 million euros.
Lidl has been in Portugal for 26 years and now has a network of 265 stores, from north to south, with 8,200 employees.
Sustainability continues to be one of the main focuses according to the retailer, which is why, in the expansion of its operation to Madeira, its stores will be equipped with photovoltaic panels, as well as multi-standard electric charging stations and fast charging, which make it possible to an 80% recharge of the battery in just 30 minutes, allowing for refuelling during a regular shopping trip. Its fleet will also be 100% electric.
No “Bloom” production locally
The cover of today’s JM also highlights a large photo, with the tiny bag, whose contents are leading many young people, and beyond, to perdition. We are talking about drugs such as ‘bloom’, which normally arrives in Madeira by letter from the East.
The PJ (justice Police) says it is unaware that there is ‘bloom’ production in the Region. Police coordinator Ricardo Tecedeiro admits that consumption on the islands is higher than on the mainland.