MULTI’S POLISH FLAGSHIP PROJECT FORUM GDAŃSK HAS OFFICIALLY OPENED
Forum Gdańsk has officially opened its doors to the public and has already welcomed thousands of visitors since opening. The modern urban shopping destination is situated in the inner city of Gdańsk and offers 62,000sq m GLA of retail, a multi-screen cinema, leisure facilities, restaurants and 1,100 parking spaces. The site also includes a boutique hotel and the multi-functional Gdańsk Heritage Centre. Forum Gdańsk offers an attractive and diverse tenant mix that includes dozens of well-known Polish and international brands, aimed at a wide spectrum of consumers, from lower and mid-range to the high-end of the market. "We are proud to open Forum Gdańsk, one of Multi’s most challenging projects since its foundation in 1982. It provides a modern urban shopping destination for the 1.3 million inhabitants in its immediate catchment area, plus the 2.5 million tourists that visit Gdańsk every year." said Josip Kardun, CEO Multi Corporation.
Neinver, one of the leading outlet operators in Europe has opened Prague the style outlets, its first outlet centre in the Czech Republic and the 16th centre in the company’s expanding portfolio, which totals over 300,000sq m of gross leasable area. The new centre in Prague features over 100 stores in 20,000sq m of GLA and is part of a joint venture between Neinver and the Prague outlet signed in 2016 to create the largest outlet centre in the Czech Republic, with a total investment of €70m. A second phase will increase the total commercial space to 30,000sq m in the coming years.
UNIBAIL-RODAMCO ACQUIRES WESTFIELD
Unibail-Rodamco has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Westfield, creating Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, the new premier global developer and operator of flagship shopping destinations. Combined, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield owns and operates 102 shopping centres in 13 countries, of which 56 are flagships in the most dynamic cities in Europe and in the US. Its centres welcome 1.2 billion visits per year. The Group provies a unique platform for retailers and brand events and offers an unparalleled experience for customers. It will leverage the world-famous Westfield brand by gradually rebranding Unibail-Rodamco flagship assets. Christophe Cuvillier, Group Chief Executive Officer commented: “Today is an extraordinary day as we bring together Westfield’s and Unibail-Rodamco’s outstanding assets and 3,700 talented professionals. We look forward to writing a new chapter in our history.”
NEW TENANTS TO JOIN FINLAND OUTLET
Global sportswear brand Adidas is set to join the line-up of leading brand tenants at
The Zsar Outlet Village in Finland, when the country’s first outlet centre opens at the end of 2018.
Zsar Outlet Village will consist of a 12,000sq m phase one featuring 65 stores and restaurants. The centre is set to be over 20,000sq m when the second phase is completed by 2020. The project is now 50 per cent pre-let with construction now having passed the half way mark. Situated in Vaalimaa, on Finland’s primary border crossing with Russia, Zsar Outlet Village will be the first purpose-built centre in Finland. It is being developed by East Finland Real Estate in partnership with UK-based outlet industry specialists Chameleon Retail.
Adidas will join other leading brands, retailers and leisure/lifestyle operators already committed to Zsar
including Hugo Boss, Guess, Nike, Restamax, Le Creuset, Stayer and Espresso House.
MCDONALD'S UNVEILS ‘KITCHEN IN THE SKY’ IN SYDNEY
A fast food restaurant has soared to new heights to become one of the most Instagrammed places at Sydney International Airport.
McDonald’s recently unveiled its new store at the T1 terminal, where the star attraction is a see-through kitchen floating above the departing passengers, and announcing itself from afar. Burgers and fries are delivered to the ground level via a conveyor belt from a glowing yellow glass box dubbed a ‘kitchen in the sky’.
The restaurant chain briefed Sydney design firm Landini Associates to create an iconic, memorable customer experience, like nothing seen before. For Landini, this meant doing something innovative, an example of how McDonald’s continues to push boundaries in design.
FUTUREAL STARTS CONSTRUCTION OF BUDAPEST MALL
Futureal Group has started the construction of the Etele Plaza at the largest multimodal transport hub in the country of Hungary. The area can be accessed in only 10 minutes from downtown Budapest via direct links as it is being constructed in the meeting point of a national/international railway station, underground line 4 that connects the area with the inner parts of the city and the entrance section of the M1 and M7 highways that lead towards Austria and Croatia.
It is estimated that Etele Plaza will attract around 40,000 customers from its catchment area every day once it opens in 2020. Etele Plaza will have a modern design with 200 store units featuring the biggest fashion brands. The centre will also feature a supermarket, restaurants, cafes, a multiplex cinema, a gym, a children’s play centre and a range of other services with nearly 1,300 parking lots. The most advanced location and navigation system will facilitate parking in the building by indicating empty spaces, it will also help customers to find the chosen stores or services through a mobile application.
The exterior design of the shopping centre will be dominated by the largest curtainwall structure of Hungary - with a height and width of 30m - above the main entrance and the retracted metal boxes that jump out from the facades. In the internal area, along with the soft tracing, a nearly 200sq m interactive LED display interface will bring the latest generation of the shopping centre design to Hungary.
In addition to the new mall, Futureal Group’s largest and iconic office development project, Budapest ONE Business Park in Ormezo, is being built in the immediate vicinity of the eco-friendly shopping and entertainment centre.