Nearly 100 million euros to be invested for improving the Barcelona’s 40 municipal markets

Barcelona’s four city markets – Sant Andreu, Abaceria, Montserrat and Horta, are currently under big transformations for an investment of 63,086,984 euros.

The project for Abaceria market has been altered to respond to demands from local associations and organisations. Work should begin between the end of 2021 and the start of 2022.The new market Sant Andreu will open at the end of 2021 and will offer fresh food stalls and an underground floor for refrigerated storage. Horta will be remodelled with a glass exterior keeping the concrete structure visible and providing natural light. The lower floors will also house a supermarket, car parking and logistics spaces. The three floors of Montserrat will have 25 food establishments, a bar-cafeteria, five outside establishments, storage and logistic spaces and 50 parking spaces.

In addition, 22.4 million euros will be spent on general improvements and maintenance around the network of markets. Resources will be increased to guarantee market services function well (23.5% of the total investment) and ensure sustainability criteria. Notable measures here include the introduction of LED lighting in markets, improvements to climate control in buildings and more recycling and reuse.

The network of municipal markets offers a successful example of public-private management becoming an internationally recognised model. This backing for the markets in recent years has come into its own during the pandemic, with markets becoming further consolidated in terms of social cohesion and economic vitality.

The city’s markets had 46,388,777 visits in 2020, while orders placed online or by phone increased tenfold. Approximately 66% of people in Barcelona shop at markets and, as a whole, rate the facilities with an average score of 7.7 out of 10.

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