The resolution of the industrial land tender launched by the Madrid City Council has resulted in great news for Ahorramas. The supermarket chain has been the winner — in the absence of the final award — of the bid launched by the government of José Luis Martínez Almeida to get a plot of almost 7,500 square meters in the industrial estate of La Atalayuela, located next to Mercamadrid and in which other important chains and logistics companies have already established themselves.
Ahorramas will pay 3 million euros, plus another 630,000 in VAT, to acquire the aforementioned plot, located between the Villaverde-Vallecas road and Guadalcanal street, with almost direct access to the M-40 ring road and a few meters of the largest food market in Spain. The economic offer presented by the supermarket has been proposed for adjudication at the contracting table as it is “the most advantageous for municipal interests.”
The Madrid chain has two logistics centers, one located in Mercamadrid and the other in Velilla de San Antonio, where its headquarters are located and which in 2020 underwent a reform to automate all the storage and transport processes of fresh produce. From both facilities it provides service to its 275 supermarkets -46 in Castilla-La Mancha and the rest in the Community of Madrid- and distributes its sales online, which since July last year has reached 21 locations in both regions.
In La Atalayuela, it will share spaces with the competition, since an Aldi supermarket is located a few meters away, as well as the central workshop of the LevaduraMadre bakery. Mercadona also started the procedures to install a new ‘hive’ there, even negotiating its installation with the then government of Manuela Carmena, but the pandemic postponed the plans.
The City Council only auctions 2 of the 9 plots
The plot, with a surface area of 7,457.34 m2 and 7,383 m2 of buildable area, went out to tender for almost 2 million euros (€1,963,878, VAT excluded) and was part of the industrial land auction launched by Cibeles. The coalition government formed by PP and Ciudadanos intended to obtain 35 million from the sale of land, but has barely managed to sell 2 of the 9 proposed plots.
The second plot has been pre-awarded by Construcciones Eliseo Pla, a real estate developer based in Castelló de la Ribera (Valencia) and which has specialized in the construction of industrial buildings and commercial areas. Among its clients are firms such as Lidl, Aldi or Consum, for whom they have developed six supermarkets.
His bid of 2.55 million euros (+535,000 euros of VAT) has allowed him to get the other land, 5,000 square meters and located on Avenida de la Aviación, in the vicinity of the Cuatro Vientos aerodrome. In it, it is allowed to build up to 10,000 m2 if it is intended for industrial use or 8,000 if they opt for the tertiary sector, although it includes the burden of having to install a transformation center.