A small shop on Preciados street in Madrid founded in 1980. That was the germ of this company that today is the icon of department stores in Spain. At the beginning it was dedicated to tailoring for children, but the interesting thing is that this small shop gave rise to the two most important department store chains in the country: Galerías Preciados and El Corte Inglés. An Asturian, Pepín Fernández teamed up with his cousin César Rodríguez González. Pepín realized the good situation of the El Corte Inglés store and wanted to expand his textile business by buying all the buildings in the block where the small store was. His idea: build a new building. He got it. Galerías Preciados was born. But attention, previously César asked Pepín to hire his nephew, Ramón Areces, in his company. Pepín refused and César asked him to at least give him the little shop, that is, El Corte Inglés. It was the year 1935. Sixty years later, in 1995, The El Corte Inglés bought Galerías Preciados. Currently, counting the El Corte Inglés outlets and not counting the stores of other companies of the group such as Hipercor or Supercor, El Corte Inglés has 142 sales centers in Spain and Portugal.
El Corte Inglés, a perfect place to go shopping
In an El Corte Inglés department store like Plaza Catalunya and Avinguda Diagonal 617 you will find everything. From a perfume or a jewel to a mobile of last generation, through the most current fashion of the most important brands. A paradise for shopping and to find a gift. We can say that in El Corte Inglés you can dress your body ccording to your preferences, find everything you need for the home (including food, supermarkets are excellent), and attend to your cultural and leisure needs. But there is much, much more. The sales sections are organized in Departments and each department in subcategories. Products from more than 700 national and international brands are sold in all departments. And if you want to have a coffee or eat, they have a cafeteria and restaurant, which in many cases offer good views, such as the El Corte Inglés in Plaza Catalunya.
The department stores of this emblematic company have 20 or more departments: pet accessories, food (with supermarket, bakery, take away food and gourmet sections), cars (tires), babies, culture and leisure (with cinema, music space and books), sports, appliances (large and small), electronics (photography, image and sound, telephony and automobile), tobacconist, fromspain, home and decoration, computers, toys and video games, lingerie and bath, haberdashery, fashion and accessories (man, woman, children, shoes, jewelry, bath, travel, lingerie ...), stationery, parapharmacy, perfumery and cosmetics, and back to school. You will also find all kinds of services such as travel agency (El Corte Inglés), hairdressers, insurance and financial services, and much more.
Addresses and opening hours of El Corte Inglés shopping centers in Barcelona
Centro Comercial Plaza Catalunya
Address: Plaça de Catalunya, 14
Telephone number: +34 933 063 800
Centro Comercial Diagonal
Address: Avinguda Diagonal, 617
Telephone number: +34 933 667 100
Centro Comercial Portal del Àngel
Address: Avinguda Portal del Àngel, 19
Telephone number: +34 933 063 800
Centro Comercial Francesc Macià
Address: Avinguda Diagonal, 471
Telephone number: +34 934 934 800
Centro Comercial Can Dragó
Address: Passeig Andreu Nin, 51
Telephone number: +34 932 439 000
Where is it?
How to get there
El Corte Ingles from Plaça Catalunya
Metro: L1, L3 Catalunya
Bus: 7, 24, 41, 50, 54, 55, 59, 62, 63, 66, 67, 91, H12, H16, V13, V15, 120 and Tourist Bus (red and blue routes, Plaça Catalunya bus stop)