Leading real estate group Quinlan Private Golub and investor Spirit International have announced the start of construction of one of the major shopping galleries in North-Eastern Poland, Galeria Podlaska, in Bialystok. Construction is planned to begin in early 2007.
Galeria Podlaska, which will become a focal point for shoppers from the whole Podlasie region of Poland, as well as visitors from neighboring Belarus, with whom the region has a history of cross-border trade, is planned to be ready by late 2007. The value of the investment is approximately €17 million and the gross project area will be 17,482 m². Galeria Podlaska is the first retail project to be developed jointly in Poland by real estate investor Spirit International and Quinlan Private Golub, the developer of the project.
"We are particularly excited about Galeria Podlaska as this will be one of the major modern retail buildings in this region which will provide new jobs and business opportunities and a real boost for the local economy. Galeria Podlaska is our second retail investment in Poland," said Graham Kilbane, Managing Director of Quinlan Private Golub.
Mr. John Donnelly, CEO of Spirit International, added: "Bialystok provides great potential for retail investment, which so far has not been fully developed. We are happy to be able to provide consumers from the Podlasie region with the modern shopping center they have been waiting for, with access to the best Polish and international brands."
Galeria Podlaska will be located on Wysockiego Street, 4 km from the center of Bialystok. This location makes the shopping gallery an ideal and convenient place to shop for the residents of three large nearby residential areas: Jaroszówka, Wysockiego and Zgody. Situated only 48 km from the Belarus border, on expressway 19, which connects Bialystok with the border crossing at Kunica, Galeria Podlaska will also be the nearest shopping destination for people visiting Poland from Belarus. 480 parking spaces will be created for customers with cars.
Galeria Podlaska's customers will find nearly sixty shops with their favourite brands, including fashion, home furnishing outlets, electronics stores, services and restaurants.
Leading European Architects Broadway Malyan, who designed the retail space of this modern building, have paid particular attention to making the place attractive for shoppers whilst creating a functional retail center, as well as designing signage that will make it easier for visitors to find their way around the center.