What's normal with the Hypermarkets Alcampo Tenerife and what's not?

The Hypermarkets Alcampo Tenerife belong to the biggest on the island.  It's quite amazing that Alcampo 'hypers' as well as the shops in petrol service stations by that name  which are subsidiaries of the French Auchan chain could establish themselves so well and fast in Tenerife. Mind Auchan only really started expanding in 1981.

Megamarket Alcampo of La Laguna Tenerife

Hypermarkets Alcampo Tenerife on New Year's Eve 2019

I drove to La Villa of Tenerife hypermarkets Alcampo today. I wanted to see how long shops would remain open there on December 31 of 2019. Vodaphone was still offering services when I left at 6.45 in the evening. Zara the fashion store was one of the first that closed by 6 p.m. already. Many sports shops followed suite quickly. The hypermarket was still open by 6.40 but I doubt it would be for long. By the way, I could catch my Titsa bus 352 outside the center by 7 p.m. as it was running at the regular workday schedule. I had caught it earlier on in Puerto de la Cruz.

By the way, the megamarket Alcampo La Laguna has been downsized from 74 cash tills to less than 64 while some allow for self service check-out without human cashiers.

Rare dog friendly underground parking Alcampo La Laguna.

The inside parking of Alcampo La Laguna doesn't only have shade. It also provides natural ventilation, as the park house is well aired and open from two sides. All that's needed to keep your pets safe and happy on a hot day inside your stationed vehicle are slightly open windows.

Only one of three mottoes may be seen as normal.

  1. Cheap prices
  2. Healthy nutrition
  3. Save endangered species in our ocean

Only two Hypermarkets Alcampo Tenerife and both on the same freeway.

  1. In fact, this may strike some as an odd coincidence
  2. Hypermarket Alcampo La Villa Orotava
    Location: Centro La Villa Alcampo at Polígono Industrial San Jerónimo,
    on the TF 5 freeway exit 36, 38312 La Orotava, Tenerife North.
    Telephone: 0034 + 922 326234 or 922 326363
    Opening times: 9.00 - 22.00 Monday to Saturday
  3. Hypermarket Alcampo La Laguna Chumberas
    TF5 freeway - La Laguna salida 7B Las Chumberas
    38205 San Cristobal de la Laguna
    Tel: 0034 + 922 311120
    Opening times: 9.00 to 22.00 Mondays to Saturdays

The opening hours are much like those of other supermarkets on the biggest Canary Island, except for Mercadona Martianez that's even open on a Sunday.

La Orotava Alcampo hyperstore
Lets look at la Orotava Alcampo hyperstore of about 7500m2 of extraordinary large space. It's pretty much like the one in San Christobal de la Laguna. The Alcampo of La Villa Orotava is also very easy to reach for those with wheelchairs or with mobility problems. Why? There is ample space of free parking on a top floor one can drive onto to reach the shop on foot fast in a 100% flat mall. This is similar at La Laguna, if I remember correctly.

  • Alcampo Halloween pumpkins with instructions to make them
  • Fresh Buey crabs on Christmas (Only the African Santa Cruz Market sells those)
  • International Christmas sweets, pastries and chocolates
  • Extra fresh seafood possible due to overhead mist making system
  • Self scanning facility to save time with items that fit into a shopping cart
  • Fast till for moms to be
  • Speed till for shopping below 10 items
  • Cigarettes and a gigantic offer of beers, wines and other liquors.
  • Freshly grilled chicken as well as daily baked breads, rolls and pastries
  • Fresh flowers and some pot plants
  • Product returns are accepted within a couple of week
  • Special price reduced offers of the week
  • Internet shopping with 2 options for delivery
  • Example of Internet Alcampo Specials by La Villa Orotava stores that claim to be the cheapest for Internet buying
  • Large variety of fruit and vegetables to weigh yourself
  • Cheapest honey on the island
  • A large offer of diabetic sweets, such as sugar free cookies and chocolates
  • A gigantic variety off printing inks, while not that many brands of printers are sold by Alcampo
  • Fresh produce of Hypermarkets Alcampo Tenerife

    A huge amount of varied vegetables and fruit can fill your shopping cart fast after you’ve weighed them. There are pre-packed salads, mushrooms and some vegetables in a chiller department as well. Some salads are marked as organic which isn't very common.

    What's missing at the Megastores of Alcampo Orotava and La Laguna?

    The bakery, dairy and cold meat departments flank the green grocer section. Contrary to all this is the back end of the store where you find all large items for home, garden, cars, school work, art and crafts as well as office stationary. The middle section comprises the departments for fresh meats and seafood. Then there is also frozen, bottled and tinned food. There is an impressive selection of beer, wine and liquors. Cereals, basic foods, coffees and teas are followed by the household cleaners, hygiene and cosmetics section but no pharmaceuticals. Clothes, shoes, tools, fill some lanes on their own.

    Actually, nothing comes to my mind that Alcampo doesn't sell. It may run out of an item, such as an adhesive lint wiper which is used by dry cleaners, but will never take long to have it back in stock.

    Hypermarkets Alcampo Tenerife Orotava customer services

    Alcampo has customer service for Smartphones, Tablets and Computers and there is always a special offer. It also has desks where you may return goods or may hand in reclamations. However, expect better assistance with your cellular telephone on a day and at a time when less people are in the store, such as on a Monday.

    Anyway, the same problem may arise at the Vodaphone provider opposite the Alcampo shop when too many people want attendance.

    What do the Tenerife Hyperstores of French origin not have compared to two Spanish stores?

    Alcampo doesn't have as many employees to ask questions in its many lanes, as is regular at the supermarket chain Mercadona. However, the French Hyper Bazar has a few young people on roller skates to speed up help for special requirements. Also, there doesn’t seem to be any facility to assist the holiday home in Tenerife owner or renter who doesn't speak much Spanish, as is possible at Mercadona as well as at the Santa Cruz Corte Inglés.

    After sales support at the hypermarkets Alcampo Tenerife

    Unfortunately, I don't know who helps with repairs with the Alcampo stores in San Christobal de la Laguna. Go there or call them on the telephone to find out.

    An excellent contract workshop at Cruz Santa renders after sales support for the Orotava area. But you will only be given the name and the Telephone number. This agent delivers spare parts and does repairs to household appliances of Alcampo. This may be needed when a product guaranty has lapsed. There certainly are others that assist with other goods by the French hyperstore.

    Family fun times at the Hypermarkets Alcampo Tenerife

    The hypermarkets organize reality shows for shoppers, such as talent shows, raffles, fashion walks for want to be models, you name it. Watch out for advertisements near the entrances of the shopping centers at high traffic times, such as around Christmas. Mind it ends only some time after Reyes of January 06.

    Interesting information in English about the Alcampo online shopping procedure where no minimum or maximum purchase applies.

    Wouldn't that strike you also as very interesting, as it's certainly not normal.

    Also noteworthy as a shop policy

    The hypermarkets Alcampo Tenerife as well as their little cousins of petrol station supermarkets support a campaign to save endangered sea animals. Therefore, it stopped selling red tuna as well as any fauna from the ocean that is in danger of extinction.

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