I tend to visit my family in the UK once a year (normally in May, to coincide with both the supposedly good spring weather and my mother’s birthday). It is also a week when I can trawl the UK shops which I miss in Gran Canaria.
Of course shopping in Gran Canaria is possible and there is a wide range of shops but you do tend to get sick of Zara, Springfield, Punta Roma, Stradivarius and Pimkie if you live in the Canaries. I miss River Island, Dorothy Perkins, Primark and Top Shop!
We’ve had some new shops opening recently though, which is great news. El Corte Inglés might be a Spanish chain but we had to go to Las Palmas for it before. Now there is a Corte Inglés coming to Telde in June. There is also a new Ikea being built nearby which is going to replace the current small one.
Lidl has also finally reached Gran Canaria after 10 long years of negotiations! There is one in Aguimes and another in Telde. There are also Lidls coming to Ingenio and Vecindario. This is, of course, good news for the residents of the island who like the extra choice.
So all we need now is a River Island and perhaps a Primark!! 🙂