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A new Leroy Merlin store is due to open in the Algarve in October, offering home owners even greater choice for home, garden and building supplies.

For many years in the Algarve the options for property owners in the Algarve looking to make home and garden improvements was very limited, however the recent opening of a new IKEA store in the Algarve and the announcement that a new branch of Leroy Merlin will be opening in October has helped to increase the choice on offer.

The new Leroy Merlin is to be a flagship for the region according to the DST Group who are building the store, and will be constructed in Loulé.  There is already a Leroy Merlin store located opposite Algarve Shopping in Guia, however the new store will be larger and will occupy some 9,830 square metres.

According to José Teixeira, chairman of the DST Group's Board of Directors, this contract "confirms the confidence that the great brands place in the work we do, even in works of great technical complexity," adding that "it is a source of pride for us to participate in an essential project for the local economy, in particular as regards job creation ".

The new Leroy Merlin will have a two level carpark, warehouse and a sales floor to allow the store to be home to the widest range of home, garden and building supplies possible in the region.

It should be noted that the Leroy Merlin store in Loulé represents a continuation of the company’s expansion strategy, offering a wide range of products and services that aim to bring home improvement solutions to the residents of the Algarve and beyond, across the border into Spain.

While for many the number of shopping and commercial centres in the Algarve may be excessive the new Leroy Merlin represents continued investment in the region by large companies who have identified the potential for growth in the Algarve.

As the property market continues to show positive growth, secondary industries such as home improvement stores, have had to increase to meet the growing demands of property owners keen to update homes and gardens.