The world is still coming to grips with the effects of the global pandemic and the last 18 months have been unlike anything that had come before it. The 27th edition of MAPIC will look to turn the page and introduce places and people to a new chapter of the retail and leisure sector. The three-day event will take place across the 30 November – 2 December at its home of the Palais des Festivals in Paris, France.

Global Projects

Launched in late September, the Manhattan West project by developer Brookfield Properties is part of the revitalisation and reactivation of a locale that has served as the heartbeat for New York for more than one hundred years – a compelling foundation for brands as they develop themselves as part of a fabric of the city. The project will connect consumers to the most disruptive and innovative brands to create unique experiences and invite audiences to engage with products and services through unprecedented activations and interactions. At over seven million square feet, Manhattan West is a place of potential with space to think and room to grow.
Gaw Capital USA, a Hong Kong and Los Angeles-based real estate private equity firm, together with DJM, a San Jose and Los Angeles-based private equity real estate Developer: have unveiled their vision and plans for the famed shopping centre at Hollywood & Highland, which includes a major design update and a new name, Ovation Hollywood. Upon completion in phases next year, Ovation Hollywood will finally be transformed into a vibrant, mixed-use project that includes 135,000sq ft of retail, two floors of nearly 100,000sq ft of creative office space, 85,000sq ft of dining, 65,000sq ft of entertainment space and 40,000sq ft of event space. With an emphasis on a refreshed tenant mix and updated merchandising, DJM is leaning into their retail expertise to bring an updated tenant mix to the property.

02 Ovation Hollywood, Los Angeles, US, Developers, Gaw Capital USA & DJM
Ovation Hollywood, Los Angeles, US, Developers: Gaw Capital USA & DJM

Work is continuing on the massive mixed-use community set for Dupont and Dufferin Streets in the west end and new renderings and details offer a glimpse at what the project, which will stand where the now-demolished Galleria Mall once stood, will look like once completed. The master planned community, called Galleria on the Park by developer Elad Canada, will feature eight residential towers in the midst of the pedestrian-oriented district, with 2,846 units of different types and sizes in the pipeline. The community is also set to host roughly 300,000sq ft of retail space for boutiques and shops, a large portion of which will be located inside the 31-storey residential tower Galleria III. Outdoor patios with seating and umbrellas will also be available to pedestrians walking through the area, and a nearby Privately-Owned-Publicly accessible Space (POPS) called Points Plaza will be the main focal point of the development when it opens in 2023.

03 Galleria on the Park, Toronto, Canada Developer, Elad Canada
Galleria on the Park, Toronto, Canada Developer: Elad Canada


Visitors gathered on 30 September to celebrate the opening of Taikoo Li Qiantan by developers Swire Properties and Lujiazui Group, the first retail centre promoting wellness as a key attribute of its design. Located in the heart of the new Qiantan central business district, near the Huangpu River and south of the Shanghai Expo, Taikoo Li Qiantan integrates biophilic design and principles of wellness with over 120,000sq m of retail, food and beverage offerings. Crowning the top level of the project is a 450m-long, outdoor running track that weaves between shops, functioning as the top level’s main circulation path and defining symbol of wellness within the project. Taikoo Li Qiantan’s wellness-themed shopping concept is showcased with the south and north zones, also known as the “Stone Zone” and the “Wood Zone”, which feature a naturalistic design concept inspired by stone and wood across the façade and which are connected via an 8,000sq m central park. The two zones offer a diverse mix of luxury and contemporary fashion labels, lifestyle brands and F&B concepts, with all of these elements coming together to create a unique ‘Wellness’ experience for visitors.

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Taikoo Li Qiantan, Shanghai, China Developers: Swire Properties & Lujiazui Group

Opening throughout this year, The Londoner Macao by developer Sands Retail evokes the excitement and charm of the Victorian era. Bringing together the very best of this iconic city from spectacular recreations of world-famous landmarks to uniquely London-inspired public spaces, accommodation, restaurants, retail and entertainment, The Londoner Macao is set to be the third themed destination at Sands Resorts Macao where visitors will feel like they are visiting a European country. The upcoming site will feature authentic recreations of classic British landmarks, with an exterior façade modelled on the world-famous Palace of Westminster and Houses of Parliament complete with a 96m tall Elizabeth Tower. The interiors will offer a combination of grandeur and comfort, with luxurious British design extending to the spacious Crystal Palace atrium centrepiece, restaurants, retail offers and entertainment. The resort will also feature two new hotels – Londoner Court with approximately 370 luxury suites and The Londoner Hotel with approximately 600 suites.

05 The Londoner Macao, China Developer, Sands Retail
The Londoner Macao, China Developer: Sands Retail

10 Design reveals the scheme for CIFI Kunming Plaza, a retail mixed-use destination in Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan in China. The design for this 280,000sq m development, to be developed by CIFI Group, is rooted in the city’s natural terraced landscape and its year-round spring-like weather, aiming to provide ample outdoor spaces with an open retail street. 10 Design was appointed after winning an international competition. The project is located at the north of the old city centre in an up-and-coming neighbourhood where new residential and mixed-use developments are surging. The scheme comprises of two interconnected malls, a retail street, and three serviced apartment towers that seek to embrace the vibrancy of Kunming and provide seamless connectivity with the nearby transport hubs. The retail street also interconnects the shopping malls to the residential towers across the site at multiple levels, creating multiple access points. One of the main entrances is situated at a large sunken plaza, which is also designed to hold outdoor events. An opening date has not been announced yet as design work is only just complete.

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CIFI Kunming Plaza, Kunming, China Developer: CIFI Group


In January 2018, we commenced works on a major extension of Les 3 Fontaines which is part of a wider city centre development in Cergy-Pontoise, in the suburbs of Paris. The project involves extending the existing scheme and adding new retail, leisure and catering space together with a major refurbishment of the adjacent Cergy 3 centre, which was acquired in October 2017. When complete in early 2022, the project will extend the entire trading space to over 100,000m2, making the centre the third trophy asset in our French portfolio alongside Les Terrasses du Port and Italie Deux. The extension will create one of the leading flagship destinations in the Paris region. Key tenants already secured include Adidas, Big Fernand, Fnac, Footlocker, JD Sports, Levis and Vapiano.

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Les 3 Fontaines, Paris, France, Developer: Hammerson

Tbilisi Outlet Village, developed by Georgian Outlets & Resort Group (GORG) and The Outlet Resource Group (TORG), is being built as the very first outlet at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Opening in 2022 and already 30 per cent let, it will ultimately include 110 units spread across 20,000sq m GLA, with 70 stores across 12,500sq m opening in the first phase of the project. The brand mix is targeting an unparalleled selection of international designers and mainstream brands mixed with a curated set of local heroes, offering something unique to both domestic shoppers and tourists. The outlet is designed by L35, Europe’s leading outlet architects which has previously created centres such as La Roca and Las Rozas Villages in Spain, and the architecture, together with state-of-the-art facilities and an open-air design, will underpin the offering of Tbilisi Outlet Village, which will provide guests with not just excellent shopping, but a pleasant and safe place to spend time.

08 Tbilisi Outlet Village, Tbilisi, Georgia, Developers, Georgian Outlets & Resort Group & The Outlet Resource Group
Tbilisi Outlet Village, Tbilisi, Georgia, Developers: Georgian Outlets & Resort Group & The Outlet Resource Group

Developer Futureal opened the 55,000sq m Etele Plaza shopping mall this September after several postponements of the project; the developer acquired the brownfield site at a major railway, metro, tram, and road intersection on the western edge of Budapest 15 years ago. The next-generation plaza gives visitors an unprecedented visual experience. The exterior design of Etele Plaza is dominated by the largest curtainwall structure of Hungary above the main entrance, and the retracted metal boxes that jump out from the facades. Meanwhile, the soft tracing creates a unique environment in the internal area. The interiors including the fashionable corridors, an elegant lobby, attractive decor, and an outstanding food court directly connected to the green-roofed terraces will bring the latest generation of shopping centre design to Hungary. The building has been designed by Paulinyi & Partners and Dyer Group (interior design) and the complex features numerous fashion stores, a supermarket, restaurants, cafés, a multiplex cinema, a gym, a children’s play centre and a wide range of other services.

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Etele Plaza, Budapest, Hungary Developer Futureal

Opened last year in Rome and owned by Parsec 6 SPA, with architectural and design works undertaken by Design International and 3C + t Capolei Cavalli Architetti Associati respectively, Maximo is a new shopping and leisure destination in Rome. It has been designed with a layout suited to the changing shopper and leisure of needs. It has a consistent offer in line with the competitive context and the consumer trends, a distinctive tenant mix, a prestigious architectural structure with great visual impact and a strong, recognisable identity. The project features over 65,000sq m of GLA distributed over three levels and 160 points of sale, including shops, restaurants and activities related to entertainment. Inside the Maximo, there are 38 restaurants with a path dedicated to street food, bars, cafés, wine bars, 17 craft businesses and the renowned Primark store which recently opened.

10 Maximo Shopping Center, Rome, Italy Developer, Parsec 6 SPA
Maximo Shopping Center, Rome, Italy Developer: Parsec 6 SPA

VIA Outlets, the leading European owner and operator of premium outlets with eleven centres in nine countries, recently unveiled a new corporate branding. The new branding clarifies VIA Outlets’ brand purpose as redefining the outlet shopping experience and refocusses its mission and brand experience towards digital transformation and sustainability. As part of this newly defined mission, VIA Outlets recently launched Re.Love, a pioneering sustainable pop-up initiative that promotes VIA Outlets’ brand partners’ sustainability efforts, making them more visible to consumers whilst raising awareness and informing guests about the company’s wider sustainable initiatives and the many ways in which they can contribute to a more sustainable future for fashion. The first Re.Love store are up and running in Freeport Lisboa Fashion Outlet and Batavia Stad Fashion Outlet, with each store set to remain open for a minimum of 3 months.

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Batavia Stad Fashion Outlet Developer: VIA Outlets

The Chapman Taylor-designed extension of Designer Outlet Warsaw has opened in Poland. Originally developed by FASHION HOUSE Group back in 2005 and now operated by ROS Retail Outlet Shopping, Designer Outlet Warsaw is a unique retail destination in the city, providing discounted offers from major international brands. The new extension expands the total retail space to 23,000sq m, adding a third more retail space to the existing complex. The new wing hosts 30 new brands. The central entrance, leading directly to the food court, has been rearranged to provide additional restaurant space, with a new conservatory featuring large windows bringing abundant natural light into the stylish interior. There is also a new 25,000sq m multi-storey car park, adding 800 parking spaces to the existing surface parking spaces to create 1,400 spaces in total. The extension malls, façade and car park have been designed to complement the existing Outlet building, the architecture for which is inspired by Warsaw’s historic Old Town.

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Designer Outlet Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland, Developer: ROS Retail Outlet Shopping

Republic of Ireland
Quintain, best known for the transformation of Wembley Park in London and the third-largest developer in Ireland, today announces that its Irish team has commenced construction of the first phase of a new €500M urban village development in Adamstown, Dublin. The first phase of the development, which will be called The Crossings, includes 279 apartments and over 91,000sq ft of space to house two major supermarkets, 20 retail units and five restaurant outlets, along with a multi-storey car park with a significant provision of electric vehicle charging points. The Crossings has been designed to be a truly mixed-use community, with a two-acre village green as the focal point for the area as a place to unwind and dine and to bring people together at events, artisan markets and family fun days. Tesco has signed a lease for a 40,000sq ft store, which is set to open in January 2023, with a second leading supermarket anchor store set to open at the same time.

12 The Crossings, Adamstown, Dublin Developer, Quintain
The Crossings, Adamstown, Dublin Developer: Quintain

Opened last month, Grozny Mall is a new shopping and entertainment venue in the city of Grozny, Russia. Owned by Grozny Mall and developed by Russian construction company Smart Building, it is the largest shopping mall in southern Russia. The shopping facility includes new local and international retail brands over 132,000sq m of floorspace. With a leasable area of 59,000sq m, it houses more than 150 outlets, including three double-level clothing department stores, home appliances, sporting goods, household goods and electronics. The grocery hypermarket at the mall occupies an area of more than 7,000sq m. The visual concept of the mall was developed by the international architectural bureau Chapman Taylor. As conceived by the architects, the roof of the complex is made in the form of the “fifth facade” of the building, which is visible from the bank of the Sunzha River, as well as from the height of the future skyscraper.

13 Grozny Mall, Grozny, Russia Developer, Smart Building
Grozny Mall, Grozny, Russia Developer: Smart Building

The Paveletskaya Plaza shopping and entertainment centre, being designed by 5+ design and developed by Mall Management Group, will be located in the historical centre of Moscow, on the first line of the Garden Ring, on the square in front of the Paveletsky railway station. The shopping centre will be connected by an underground passage through the Garden Ring with the radial metro station Paveletskaya, as well as the TPU of the same name, which will connect the city’s transport arteries with the Domodedovo airport. The shopping centre will feature 73,000sq m of gross build area and 33,000sq m of gross lease area and has three underground levels. The two upper floors will house 190 shops, as well as a gastronomic space with cuisines from different countries and author’s concepts. The third floor will house a supermarket and parking for 300 cars. A distinctive detail of the project will be a landscape park, which will be located on the ground level of the complex. The opening of the mall is scheduled for early next year.

14 Paveletskaya Plaza, Moscow, Russia Developer, Mall Management Group
Paveletskaya Plaza, Moscow, Russia Developer: Mall Management Group

Nivy mall in Bratislava, a new shopping centre developed by HB Reavis that also includes the city’s new international bus terminal welcomed almost 330,000 visitors in the first week following the centre’s opening on 30 September. With 130,000sq m of GLA, the multifunctional project is part of the Nivy zone in Bratislava, certified with BREEAM Communities at the Excellent level. It was developed by HB Reavis as a multifunctional modern city district totalling 23 hectares of land in a former (brownfield) area neighbouring Bratislava’s Old Town. Almost 90 per cent of the 70,000sq m shopping centre is now taken, and the mix of stores includes a number of famous international brands. The project includes a 3,000sq m dining area and a 12,000sq m green roof, divided into several recreational areas, including a 500 m running track, two workout zones, functional terraces and a playground.

15 Nivy Mall, Bratislava, Slovakia Developer, HB Reavis
Nivy Mall, Bratislava, Slovakia Developer: HB Reavis

ALEJA is a modern shopping centre in the northern part of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, a country with two million inhabitants. It is one of the largest project developments in Slovenia in recent years, SES’ latest shopping mall project and its fifth centre in Slovenia. The 150 million euros investment reflects the future of shopping and serves as a mixed-use shopping and leisure destination. Completed last year, it was the first completely new shopping centre to be opened in Europe following the coronavirus shutdown. ALEJA features 32,000sq m of leasable space that combines 80 shops, a diverse range of gastronomy, and cutting edge leisure facilities. The centre created approximately 700 new jobs. The centre boasts “ALEJA SKY”, a 6,200sq m adventure and leisure zone on the roof of the centre, which is comprised of green spaces, sports facilities for soccer, basketball, and volleyball, two fitness courses, a park that includes paths, seating and recreational areas, as well as a children’s playground.

16 ALEJA Ljubljana, Slovenia Developer, SES Spae European Shopping Centers
ALEJA, Ljubljana, SLOIntegrale Planung: ATP architekten ingenieurewww.atp.agCopyright, Credits: ATP/Pierer

Galataport Istanbul is set to open this year and offer a brand new living space for local and foreign tourists and current residents with its port terminal, private restaurant chains, cafes, world-famous brands and office areas. It is a worldwide project that will give life to the coastline from Karaköy Pier to Mimar Sinan University Fındıklı Campus. Galataport Istanbul will feature an architectural design with large public squares and open spaces that will facilitate social distancing in line with the “new normal” brought about by the pandemic. This concept will offer visitors a breath of fresh air as they enjoy their time at the heart of the city. In short, the upcoming project by developers Doğus Group will bring back one of the most beautiful areas of Istanbul to the city with a modern perspective.

17 Galataport Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey Developer, Doğus Group
Galataport Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey Developer: Doğus Group

Opened in June this year by developer Nuveen, St James Quarter is a new retail led, lifestyle district that fully integrates into and enhances Edinburgh’s City Centre providing an inspiring, attractive, and vibrant destination for locals and visitors to live, shop, eat, sleep and play. St James Quarter houses an enviable line up of restaurants, cafés, bars, shops, public spaces and leisure venues covering 1.7 million square feet. St James Quarter is a welcoming cultural and lifestyle hub for art, culture and fashion that will complement the city’s world-renowned cultural offering and support its vibrant events calendar. Many brands are debuting in Scotland for the first time at St James Quarter: The Alchemist, & Other Stories, Stradivarius, Bershka, and Pull&Bear to name a few. With these new additions as well as classic favourites and unique destinations like the one-of-a-kind Bonnie & Wild Food Hall, St James Quarter reinforces Edinburgh’s position as Scotland’s cosmopolitan lifestyle capital.

18 St James Quarter, Edinburgh, Scotland Developer, Nuveen
St James Quarter, Edinburgh, Scotland Developer: Nuveen

The £1bn regeneration of Swansea city centre is being galvanised by the £135M first phase of the Copr Bay development. Copr Bay phase one, developed by Swansea Council and supported by development managers RivingtonHark, is a mixed-use scheme that is a case study for how city centres can cater to the changing needs of people who live, work and visit them. It is anchored around a 3,500-capacity live performance venue that will be operated by The Ambassador Theatre Group and features a landscaped coastal park with a 1,500sq ft café and pizzeria, run by Swansea-based, family-run The Secret Hospitality Group. Copr Bay phase one also includes 8,000sq ft of other F&B space encompassing a range of independent cafés, restaurants and shops, as well as new affordable housing. Copr Bay phase one, which completes in the autumn 2021, will be followed by Copr Bay phase two and further regeneration projects. They will include office, retail and leisure provision.
The developer behind one of the UK’s largest regeneration sites has revealed how the masterplan and placemaking have been radically modified to meet the demands of a post-Covid world. The design teams behind The Island Quarter in Nottingham have revealed how previous plans have been fundamentally altered to create places where people want to live, work and spend time – incorporating elements that people really want in a world recovering from the global pandemic. The new masterplan to be developed by Conygar Investment Company contains 10,000sq m more urban river and green space than the original, as well as more than 20 restaurants, bars and cafés – including Canal Turn, which sits at the heart of phase 1A – and will boast 1,600 new homes and allow for more than 6,000 office jobs. The first phase of the scheme is set to be unveiled next year.

20 The Island Quarter, Nottingham, UK Developer Conygar Investment Company
The Island Quarter, Nottingham, UK Developer: Conygar Investment Company

Developer London Resort Company Holdings is proposing to develop a world-class, sustainable, next-generation entertainment resort known as the ‘London Resort’, on the banks of the River Thames. Their vision is to create a world-class entertainment resort founded on sustainable and low carbon principles. They have always been committed to ensuring that the London Resort works for local communities as well as their visitors. The London Resort will be globally competitive and mark a step-change in leisure and entertainment provision in the UK. The first theme park ‘gate’ will open in 2024 and the second within five years (by 2029). Sustainability is at the core of their vision. They are exploring new and innovative ways of integrating sustainable and low-carbon principles into every area of design and operation of the London Resort. Their aim is to create one of the most sustainable theme park destinations in the world.

21 London Resort, London Developer, London Resort Company Holdings
London Resort, London Developer: London Resort Company Holdings

Middle East

Launched in September, the Mall of Oman by developer Majid Al Futtaim is transforming the commercial landscape of Oman’s capital. The super-regional mall combines a selection of curated stores that bring the best in retail, leisure, entertainment and dining along with a variety of seamless services. It is also strategically located within Muscat’s centre, making it the focal point of the city. The new mall is MAF’s fifth and largest shopping centre in the sultanate, with 140,000sq m of retail space. The retail and entertainment centre is expected to add 3,500 new jobs. It features over 350 retail outlets, including 55 dining options. Its entertainment offerings include Oman’s largest VOX Cinemas with 15 screens which includes the first Gold experience in the country, a 3D cinema, Kids and IMAX experiences too. The Mall of Oman also includes largest indoor snow park in the sultanate spanning over 14,000sq m as well as the largest Magic Planet in the country.
Place Vendôme is an upcoming multibillion Qatari Riyal mixed-use development underway in Qatar’s emerging Lusail City. Place Vendôme is a project of United Developers, a group of four Qatari investors who partnered to align their expertise in retail, real estate, construction and contracting. United Developers envision Place Vendôme as a groundbreaking example of the entrepreneurship, vision and energy of Qatari commitment to the nation’s development. Slated to open in February next year, the 1,150,000sq m development will host two five-star luxury hotels, Le Royal Meridien and Palais Vendôme, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Le Royal Meridien Residences, a mall featuring up to 580 different retail outlets with an exclusively luxurious wing dedicated to top designer labels, and a central entertainment component showcasing constant attractions. The hotels and residences will be operated by Starwood Hotels and Resorts, part of Marriott International, who are set to deliver a luxurious and authentic experience that aligns with the Place Vendôme brand.

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Diriyah Square, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Developer: Diriyah Gate Development Authority

The opening of Emaar’s Dubai Hills Mall has been delayed, with the Csaying the project will now open in Q1 of 2022. Dubai Hills Mall features a gross leasable area of two million square feet, and is expected to become home to 600 retail outlets as well as entertainment and leisure centres and parking for 7,000 vehicles. The Dubai Hills Mall project is a part of the Dubai Hills Estate project, a scheme that invites residents to live in a sophisticated address, surrounded with luscious landscaped greens and pristine fairways with the iconic backdrop of the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai skyline. The scheme itself encompasses the Dubai Hills Mall, an 18-hole championship golf course, 1,450,000sq m of parks and open spaces and 180,000sq m Dubai Hills Park, as well as much more.
An upcoming large-scale development, the Diriyah Square project is being developed by the Diriyah Gate Development Authority and is set to become Saudi Arabia’s foremost historic cultural and lifestyle destination, the scheme will be home to more than 500 luxurious stores and restaurants. Visitors to the site will enjoy the finest levels of hospitality and shopping in a destination rooted in heritage and culture that offers the promise of a better future. Diriyah Square will extend over five neighbourhoods that form a natural extension of each other and develop together in an integrated manner like other cities. Each neighbourhood includes a number of squares connected together with a distinct identity for each of them to make each of them its own place and distinguish it from its counterparts. The project is expected to open to guests in 2024 and become the commercial heart of Diriyah city and become the destination for those who seek high-end shops and high-level lifestyles.

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Dubai Hills Mall, UAE Developer: Emaar Malls

We will be featuring a more comprehensive project overview on the MENA region next month in our December issue.