A glass rotunda visible from great distances is the architectural flagship of the new Rathaus-Galerie in Leverkusen, Germany, which opens today, February 24, 2010 after a construction period of two years. In the new inner-city shopping gallery, around 120 stores, cafés, restaurants and service providers present a retail concept tailor-made for Leverkusen.
This 200 million project was realized by the investor Credit Suisse Asset Management Immobilien Kapitalanlagegesellschaft mbH and ECE, which will manage the center in the long run. Around 950 people will work in the Rathaus-Galerie. ECE anticipates approx. 30,000 visitors a day. In the catchment area of the center, which also provides 500 parking spaces, live approx. 420,000 inhabitants.
Alexander Otto, CEO of ECE, sees a clear sign for the future: "The Rathaus-Galerie is the new trademark for the quality of Leverkusen as shopping destination. It will sustainably strengthen the attractiveness of the complete inner city."
The retail tenants of the Rathaus Galerie include Thalia, H&M, C&A, Saturn, Esprit, s.Oliver, Gerry Weber, New Yorker, Betty Barclay, Vero Moda, Tom Tailor, Christ, Sport Voswinkel, Rewe and The Body Shop as well as local and regional providers.