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El Corte Ingles in detail

El Corte Ingles - by Theresa O'Shea

Probably Spain's best-known and best-loved store, El Corte InglÚs is to Spain as Selfridges is to London and Macy's to New York. Until the recent boom in shopping malls, shops were mostly small, specialist and spread out, which helps explain the great success and popularity of the country's first and only department store.

Whatever you need, whether a new TV, cut crystal, a Burberry jacket, silver dip, bean sprouts or star fruit, El Corte InglÚs has it. Even critics of the shop who complain about the prices and the airs and graces of some of the sales staff will admit that when you can't get it anywhere else, there really is no other place.

There is no easier place either, to buy goods on credit. In other large stores, such as the electronic goods chain Eurendi, you will be asked to show a nomina or payslip, but in El Corte InglÚs they only need the number on your resident's card or passport number and the number of your Spanish bank account. Delivery is usually prompt and there is a large customer service section.

Each store has several floors and may have more than one building. In Malaga, for example, there is a separate building for house and home, which includes state-of-the-art electronic equipment, music and books, as well as household goods and furniture. The supermarket, usually housed in the basement, sells a wide range of delicious gourmet food that may be hard to find elsewhere. The store has its own travel agent too, and often has special offers for early booking.

As in department stores everywhere, each floor is dedicated to different goods; women's clothes, men's clothes, sports gear, toys etc. Check out the bargain section on the top floor, where you can pick up discounted designer labels. And if you are on the large side and despairing of ever finding anything your size, El Corte InglÚs is the one place you will find a reasonable selection of stylish clothes.

When it comes to special occasions like Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and Christmas, the store goes overboard with its promotions and advertising campaigns. There are some who say we only start thinking about Christmas when El Corte InglÚs tell us to. Certainly, the annual Christmas lights that cover the fašade of every Corte InglÚs building form an integral part of any Andalucian city's Christmas decorations.

All the major cities in the province have at least one fully-fledged store, while smaller towns usually have a Hipercor, a streamlined version of the store, more like a hypermarket. In recent years, branches of Opencor, a kind of upmarket Seven Eleven (open from 8am-2am) have opened all over the place, selling a potted selection of food, wine, gifts, books, mobile phones, make up and stationary.

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Puerto Banus Shops- Your guide to shops in Puerto Banus on the Costa del Sol, Spain

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EL CORTE INGLES SHOPPING CENTRE
Ramon Areces
29660 Puerto Banus
Tel. +34 952-90-99-90
www.elcorteingles.es (see below for more on El Corte Ingles)
ADOLFO DOMINGUEZ, S.L.
Ramon Areces, s/n
Centro Comercial Marina Banus
29660 Puerto Banus
Tel. +34 952-90-60-20
www.adolfodominguez.com
EMPORIO ARMANI
Muelle Ribera
29660 Puerto Banus
Tel. +34 952-81-09-32
www.armaniexchange.com
BERSHKA
Ramon Areces, s/n
Centro Comercial Marina Banus
29660 Puerto Banus
Tel. +34 952-81-18-54
www.bershka.com
BLUE WILLI'S
Complejo Benabola. Bloq.3
29660 Puerto Banus
Tel. +34 952-90-70-84
www.bluewillis.com
JORGE
Avda. de la Ribera
Complejo Gran Marbella
29660 Puerto Banus
Tel. +34 677-29-50-57
www.castaypurojeans.com
GIANFRANCO FERRE
Muelle Levante. Loc.1A
29660 Puerto Banus
Tel. +34 952-81-36-50
Fax. +34 952-81-87-94
www.gianfrancoferre.com
KINA FERNANDEZ
Ramon Areces, s/n
Centro Comercial Marina Banus
29660 Puerto Banus
Tel. +34 952-90-60-57
Fax. +34 952-90-60-57
www.kinafernandez.es
NOTA 90, S.L.
Avda. de la Ribera, s/n
Complejo Gran Marbella
29660 Puerto Banus
Tel. +34 952-81-27-62
www.kookai.fr
LOEWE
Ramon Areces
El Corte Ingles
Costa Marbella
29660 Puerto Banus
Tel. +34 952-81-83-11
www.loewe.com
NEW YORKER
Ramon Areces, s/n
Centro Comercial Marina Banus
29660 Puerto Banus
www.newyorker.de
PULL & BEAR
Ramon Areces, s/n
Centro Comercial Marina Banus
29660 Puerto Banus
Tel. +34 952-81-33-39
www.pullbear.com
ROBERTO VERINO
Ramon Areces, s/n
Centro Comercial Marina Banus
29660 Puerto Banus
Tel. +34 952-90-62-31
www.robertoverino.es
PUERTO BANUS
C. C. Gran Marbella
Paseo Ribera, s/n
29600 Puerto Banus
www.e-stradivarius.com
SUPERGA
Plaza Marina Banus, Loc.4
29660 Puerto Banus
Tel. +34 952-90-70-95
www.superga.it
VERSACE
Puerto Banus
29660 Puerto Banus
Tel. +34 952-81-02-96
www.versace.com
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