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First stage of Central de Abasto y Centro Logístico de Playa del Carmen set to open in August

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — A 1.3 billion peso market warehouse being constructed in west Playa del Carmen is getting ready to open its first phase. Wilberth Gutiérrez Álvarez, the National President of the Mexican Association of the Real Estate Industry, said the first phase should be ready by August.

“The construction of the first stage is already about 85 percent complete. The idea is to start it up in the month of August. Within the next few days, we are expecting a meeting with the mayor,” he said adding that the entire building is set to be in operation by the end of the year.

The massive Central de Abasto y Centro Logístico de Playa del Carmen is being constructed at the intersection of the Playa del Carmen-El Tintal highway. It’s location and timing coincide with the upcoming Maya Train.

The building is in the area of section 5 south of the Maya Train station and is to be fully operational by the end of the year when the Maya Train is scheduled to begin operating.

“The Maya Train will be beneficial considering that merchandise can be unloaded since it is a 70 percent freight train.

“Unfortunately, Quintana Roo does not produce what we need. The Mexican southeast, Tabasco, Chiapas, are quite important states in terms of production, so the train will be the vehicle that can lower costs,” he explained saying product prices from those states should be reduced by as much as 30 percent for Quintana Roo consumers.

The municipality began construction of the Central de Abasto and Logistics Center during the pandemic. The original cost was 950 million, but, according to Mayor Lili Campos, has since increased to 1.3 billion pesos.

“It is a project that, at the time, was doubtful whether it was going to be carried out or not since it is a large project with very large investment amounts, but the investor group behind the project has had the capacity,” Gutiérrez Álvarez said.

The first stone for the building was laid in January of 2022. The Central de Abastos and Logistics Center is being constucted on 200,000 square-meter area and will have 195 warehouses and 142 stores (markets).

The building will also have a corporate office and a business center and parking for 480 vehicles. Construction will generate approximately 250 direct and 500 indirect jobs.

Mayor Campos has referred to the warehouse market logistics building as “the largest investment in recent years in terms of non-hotel infrastructure.” She says once operational, the center will have a great impact on the distribution of merchandise to final consumers in Riviera Maya and throughout the state.