There is an active moratorium for new supermarkets which ends on the 23rd of May 2019. The Department of Economic Affairs has taken the initiative to do a research using the different procedures available during the last quarter of 2018, in order to advise the Government on this aspect.
The research provided the following information; there are currently 187 supermarkets on Aruba; this includes the neighborhood mini markets. In order to get a better view of the situation, they used the Aruba GIS (Geographical Information System). This is a partition in regions and zones used to determine the amount of supermarkets in each region. The regions with the highest concentration of supermarkets are Oranjestad West and Oranjestad East with each 39 supermarkets. The Noord and Tanki Leendert region followed with 36 supermarkets. More detailed results for each region are included in the attached graphic.
The Department of Economic Affairs has also held a survey on Facebook to get feedback from the community on the current situation with supermarkets; do we have enough supermarkets in the neighborhood? From 1800 respondents, 94% said they wanted less supermarkets in Aruba. 74.5% respondents voiced that they would not welcome any new supermarket in their neighborhood.
Based on the results of this survey, the Department of Economic Affairs advised the Government to extend the current moratorium with 2 more years. This means that for the coming 2 years no establishing permit will be granted for any new supermarket or mini market in Aruba.