EUROVEA GALLERIA welcomes its first visitors (SK)

The multi-purpose EUROVEA complex, developed by the international developer and investor, Ballymore Group, is gradually opening up to public. Following the opening of the 5-star Sheraton Hotel Bratislava, on 24 February 2010, the retail, leisure & entertainment part of the development – EUROVEA GALLERIA opened its doors at 9.00 a.m. on Friday 26 March 2010. EUROVEA GALLERIA will offer a fantastic choice of brands many of them new to the Slovak market. At the same time, numerous brands that have already been present in Slovakia are opening their Slovak flagship stores – (the largest premises with most up to date offer and design). The Grand Opening of the entire EUROVEA complex, which also offers office and residential accommodation, as well as a 2 ha riverfront park and new central square, will take place on Saturday 24 April 2010, when the public zones will be ceremoniously opened and handed over to the City of Bratislava.

EUROVEA GALLERIA will be offering attractive entertainment programs starting from the opening weekend from 26 – 28 March 2010, for visitors of all age groups. Shoppers will be entertained by acrobats and musical performers, while children can expect creative workshops, puppet show as well as magicians. Leading up to the Grand Opening on programs with each weekend devoted to a different theme: "Easter Holiday", "Flower Variations" and "Spring Awakening in bio style". The program will culminate on Saturday 24 April with the Grand Opening of the entire area with a special all-day program that will be hosted jointly with the City of Bratislava.

"EUROVEA l is a truly multi-purpose environment, and likely to become the new commercial heart of Bratislava, and unique not only in terms of Bratislava but also within the Central European context," said Ballymore Group's Retail Director Mike de Mug. The historical centre of Slovakia's capital has been missing a traditional "high street" a typical characteristic of many European cities. EUROVEA GALLERIA fills this gap by creating the most sophisticated retail, leisure and entertainment environment in Central Europe, offering in excess of 55,000 m² GLA. The size and structure of the retailers and diversity of the offer are specifically tailored to maximise the potential for EUROVEA GALLERIA, enhanced by its spectacular town centre riverbank location. Successfully utilising the city's greatest natural landscape asset on the left bank of the river Danube, it's perfectly accessible by various means of transport and entirely conceived as a pedestrian zone, while all parking spaces and goods delivery areas are placed underground or out of sight of visitors. Comfortable parking will be ensured by 1,729 parking places.

EUROVEA GALLERIA will create room for 150 stores, 30 cafés, bars and restaurants. Renowned international brands enriching EUROVEA GALLERIA include Peek & Cloppenburg, Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, Hennes & Mauritz, New Yorker, Next, Mango, Reserved, s.Oliver, Nike, Panta Rhei, Sportisimo, Dráčik, and Billa. Brands, appearing in Slovakia for the first time ever include: Desigual, Koton, Six Bijou, Gizia, Etam, Premaman, Prenatal, Comtessa, Debenhams, Springfield, Women' Secret, Zu Elements, Penny Black, Alo Diamonds and Tag Heuer Boutique. The diverse gastronomy offering includes new names such as Pilsner Urquell Original Restaurant, Sajado and Burger King. Sporting activities will be represented by Golem Health Club, while the leisure & entertainment part of EUROVEA GALLERIA will be dominated by a new state of the art 9-screen multiplex Palace Cinemas.

EUROVEA GALLERIA's unique feature is its lightweight flowing glass roof, allowing maximum daylight and sunlight in, thus creating an atmosphere of a multi-level street. It comprises 2,300 glass triangles spreading over an area of 5,500 m². The glass roof in the main part, is 235 meters long, while its total length including side entrances measures 320 meters. Different parts measure in width from 16 to 25 meters, while in height from 14 to 16 meters. It took one year to build the roof.

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