Interview with Marcel Kluijtmans
What does the name “De Tropen” mean and how did it come about?
“De Tropen” means “Tropical” and it started as a furniture brand 25 years ago in The Netherlands with the import/export and distribution of teak garden furniture. The brand and its owner moved to Spain 15 years ago, and during this time have developed into the biggest retail specialist for outdoor furniture
What can we find when we visit De Tropen’s showroom?
When you visit De Tropen’s showroom you will first be able to park your car in a covered private parking lot extending over 5,000 square metres. Throughout 13,000 square metres of wheelchair-friendly premises you will find a large range of over 100 complete garden sets in which more than 200 combinations are possible.
In addition to several dining sets to dine in a delicious way, De Tropen also offers a wide selection of lounge sets for pure relaxation, garden chairs, garden tables, garden benches, loungers, ottomans and daybeds. All furniture ranges are carefully selected and are highlighted by outstanding quality. Besides outdoor furniture you can also find umbrellas and bases, par excellence, shade sails, cushions and cushion boxes in all shapes, sizes and colours. With over 25 years of experience we offer expert advice.
Can you tell us more about the services you offer – including deliveryacross the Costa del Sol?
De Tropen represents and distributes quality brands such as Hartman Outdoor Products®, AppleBee® and 4 Seasons Outdoor® besides our own De Tropen® furniture and other brands. We import only full container loads and stock everything in our own warehouse facilities before distributing the products throughout the whole of Spain.
Because of the close proximity of our premises to the Costa del Sol and Costa Tropical, we deliver for free in these coastal and inland areas of Málaga and Granada. Delivery takes place with our own fleet of transportation and the furniture is installed and assembled for free by qualified employees on the spot in accordance with the client’s indications. Obviously, all packaging material, and occasionally the old furniture that has to be replaced, will be removed after installing everything to the 100 per cent satisfaction of the client.
How would you describe the current market for outdoor furniture on the Costa del Sol?
As for availability and supply, we distinguish basically only two types… The first one is that offered by chain companies such as Leroy Merlin, Aki, El Corte Inglés, etc., and we are talking about furniture for the bottom end of the market. Those chains have a central buying office, compete on price and offer cheap furniture that might last a couple of years in the northern part of Europe, but it has a very limited lifespan in southern Europe. Because these companies compete on price with each other they look at how many units fit into a container rather then if a chair is comfortable or long-lasting.
At the other end you find the second type of outdoor furniture offered on the Costa del Sol by brands such as Kettal, Manutti, Vondom, Ethimo, Point, Expormim, Gloster and Dedon, and distributed by interior designers and home styling agencies. Most interior designers offer the same brands and the choices are therefore limited.
We fill in the gap between these two extremes with our own collections, but also with many other collections from Hartman Outdoor Products®, AppleBee® and 4 Seasons Outdoor®, to name just a few. You will not find these collections anywhere else in southern Spain, and we are proud to sell them exclusively and out of stock from our Mega Store in Vélez-Málaga. Delivery is usually completed within a few days, and every visitor is offered an excellent cup of coffee – even if they only want to visit us to obtain some inspiration.
Autovía del Mediterráneo A-7 (exit 272), Vélez-Málaga
Tel. (+34) 618 963 609
Open every day except Sundays and national holidays, from 10.00am