Marco Polo has been in the village for years but has recently undergone a change thanks to the new owners David and Tracy. It was David's Mum and Dad who ran the local shop for years and with the sad passing of his mum and his dad's retirement the couple decided to move to Spain to keep the shop going. They explained there was always a plan to move to Spain but not necessarily Competa. However with Keith's retirement it seemed logical to come to the village and take over the shop, an already established business. Tracy will manage the shop and David will out help whilst also pursuing his singing career.
Marco Polo has always been known for its books and DVD hire along with providing local information in the way of maps and guides. This will all continue exactly as before however they have now extended certain ranges in the shop for example the celebration section. Now they stock everything for a party from cards to party bags, garlands, candles, confetti cannons, piñata's and more.
The gifts and souvenir section has expanded which now encompasses Spanish gifts, shabby chic photo frames, fans, lamps, candles, oil burners, fridge magnets alongside the normal selection of postcards, local books and guides.
Tracy was quite honest to admit they weren't sure what buyers would like to see in their shop. They hope by extending the existing ranges and adding to them, such as their home and garden ornament section, there will be something for everyone to buy. However they will continue to invest in stock and no doubt will change what they sell over time to suit customer's needs and indeed keep the shop looking fresh.
Whilst Tracy has been unpacking the new stock and changing the shop around David has been out and about arranging gigs in Competa and on the coast. In the UK he was a black cab driver but also a successful singer. He has performed gigs all over Europe for example Switzerland and Luxemburg. His style is swing and was keen to point out he is s not a tribute act but sings all the favourites, Sinatra, Robbie Williams, Michael Bubble to name a few!. You may well have heard him before as whilst holidaying in Competa before he was booked for a gig in El Pilon and Cortico Paco where he would be keen to perform again.
Marco Polo is now back to normal hours of 10am to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 2pm Saturday morning. Set in a traditional town house off the Plaza Almijara just down from the Church its worth a visit