Puerto Rico Shopping Center was already undergoing a refurb on certain sections of the center before Gran Canaria went into COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020.
Due to the closure of almost everything in the past few months and zero tourism, the center was empty and construction work was able to take place on the different shopping center phases.
1st June 2020
Many concerned readers have been asking us daily about the Puerto Rico Shopping Center refurb and if it has been knocked down. The commercial center hasn't been completely demolished but good parts of it have been knocked down back to plan. Dicey Reilly's and The Royal Oak have had their aluminium extensions removed. This is a big difference!
Despite all this, several businesses with street access in the center have been able to open in the recent de-escalation plan including Balcon Canario, Amigo CyberCenter money exchange and a few bars off the main street.
We will update as and when we can but it's going to look very different when complete. At the moment we don't have any official date for the completion of the refurb.
Once it's done, people will have to stop calling it the ‘old center' eh? 😉