INTERNATIONAL

KLÉPIERRE’S EXEMPLARY PRADO MALL OPENS ITS DOORS IN MARSEILLE

The new Prado mall, developed jointly by Klépierre and Montecristo Capital has opened its doors in France. The result of a major construction project that has lasted around two-and-a-half years, the Prado mall illustrates Klépierre’s vision of the next-generation shopping centre, it is an environmentally advanced mall that is perfectly integrated in the city and boasts a customised commercial offering. The Prado is a 23,000sq m structure, notable for its unique architecture. Thanks to its immense glass canopy, four levels of restaurants and shops – including Galeries Lafayette, Repetto, Alain Figaret, Jacadi and Zara – benefit from natural sunlight and a spectacular showcase. Located in the must-see Prado quarter of Marseille, which has a population of 300,000 and 400,000sq m of office space, the new mall was designed to attract a clientele of local residents who, until now, have had limited retail and dining options.

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The new flagship of Golf House has opened in Wiener Neudorf, Austria. The exclusive shop is impressively spacious and was planned and realised by UMDASCH. The shop offers by far the most exciting presentation of golf articles in Austria, as well as the largest repair workshop for golf clubs and trolleys. A paradise for golf lovers, the new flagship store of Golf House has opened directly on the A2, just 20 minutes drive from the centre of Vienna. The rebuilding took only eight weeks and bears the signature of the store makers at UMDASCH. The new store has a sales area of some 2,000sqm.

GALERIES LAFAYETTE BETS ON FOOD



France’s chic department store Galeries Lafayette is betting on an art foundation and an Italian gourmet food hall in Paris to help differentiate its brand from bricks-and-mortar rivals and e-commerce competitors. Galeries Lafayette plans to open its first Italian food emporium, Eataly, next February near the foundation and its BHV Marais lifestyle department store in the Marais district. Galeries Lafayette has the exclusive franchise in France for Eataly, the premium chain renowned for selling Italian truffles, wines and pastas from around the world. Galeries Lafayette is part of a club of French high-end retailers turning to gastronomy to lure more people through their doors. It already has a food court at its flagship Boulevard Haussmann store, where foreigners account for half of its clientele. “With Eataly and the foundation we are creating a shopping destination. We are building an offer much larger than that of BHV, says Guillaume Pats, Head of Buying for BHV Marais.

DESIGNER OUTLET PROJECT RELAUNCHED



Resolution Property has announced the relaunch of the Designer Outlet project in Billund, Denmark – a joint venture with Lalandia to develop a €120M state-of-the-art shopping centre in Billund Resort – a flourishing tourist hub. The project joins Resolution Property’s thriving outlet centre portfolio, which includes two other assets – Designer Outlet Soltau in Germany and Honfleur Normandy Outlet in France. Billund Designer Outlet is situated adjacent to LEGOLAND Billund Resort, the Lalandia Holiday Resort with 880 holiday homes, Lalandia Aquadome, and the new LEGO House completed in 2017. Approximately three million tourists visit the Danish town annually and the site is only five minutes away from Billund International Airport – the second largest airport in Denmark, which accommodates more than three million travellers annually. The airport saw nine per cent growth in the past year, further reinforcing Billund’s growing appeal as a tourist destination.

AMF FASTIGHETER LAUNCHES EXCEPTIONAL CONCEPT

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Sweden’s largest real estate investment company, AMF Fastigheter has launched its ground breaking new retail concept in the heart of the Mood district, The Lobby. The innovative new model, which is the next generation of the retail pop-up, boasts a plug-and-sell format which gives online brands access to all they need to ’set up shop’ physically – from staff, to new technology and access to a captive consumer. It will also provide a facility for technology companies to trial new technologies and products with established retail brands derisking the development process. Deloitte Digital is one of AMF Fastigheter’s main partners in this which will help drive and build retail innovation for The Lobby.

PHASE II OPENS AT HALLE LEIPZIG THE STYLE OUTLETS



Neinver, a Spanish company specialising in investment, development and the management of property assets, the second-largest operator of outlet centres in Europe and the largest in Spain and Poland, has officially opened the Phase II extension of Halle Leipzig The Style Outlets. The first outlet centre in Central Germany, which is also celebrating its second anniversary, has increased its GLA by 60 per cent with the addition of 7,000sq m, taking the centre’s total commercial space to 18,000sq m. The new phase has enlarged the centre’s offer with close to 30 new shops, introducing brands such as Esprit, Cecil, Street One, Brax, Skechers, Triumph, Sunglass Hut, Blank Home, O’Neill, Odlo, and the Italian restaurant Pizza Innovazione. These brands will join the centre’s exclusive brand mix of international and German brands including Adidas, Nike, Guess, Jack Wolfskin, Levi’s, Desigual, Marc O’Polo, Gant, and Daniel Hechter. As part of The Style Outlets commitment to local art, the centre has also added an art gallery where local artists can exhibit their works. Carlos González, Neinver’s Managing Director, says: “The opening of Halle Leipzig The Style Outlets Phase II strengthens our commitment to continue increasing shopping experience in our portfolio and to boost continuous performance improvement. It is also part of our expansion strategy in the outlet sector, where we already operate 368,000sq m of GLA and where we are opening a new centre in Prague in May, and to reinforce our presence in Germany, a key market for the company.” The expansion of Halle Leipzig The Style Outlets has created 250 additional full-time and part-time positions.