Les Terrasses du Port, Hammerson’s new retail and leisure scheme in Marseille, will open to the public this Saturday (24 May 2014).
The 61,000m² scheme with 190 stores and restaurants is Hammerson’s first retail development in France, and is set to transform the city’s retail and leisure offer.
The scheme which is 97% let (by income) brings over 30 new brands to the city, including Ted Baker, Uniqlo and Citadium. Parisian department store Printemps opens its first new store in 30 years as the scheme’s anchor retailer, and the impressive retail line up includes a mix of high-end brands such as Michael Kors and Hugo Boss, and well known fashion staples such as Superdry, Zara and H&M.
The ground floor of the scheme features La Grande Halle, a unique concept for a French shopping center. The area includes 20 kiosks, designed in the style of an indoor food market, which offers a range of local produce, along with live cooking demonstrations from speciality chefs to inspire shoppers.
The scheme occupies a unique location for a shopping center, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and features a spectacular 260m restaurant terrace, on which diners and visitors can enjoy an unrivalled view of the Mediterranean Sea.
Part of the centre’s ground floor level also acts as the passenger terminal for the passenger ferries to Corsica and Sardinia which transports around 600,000 passengers a year.
The scheme represents a £400 mln (approx. €493.8 mln) investment by Hammerson, and is a major part of the €7 billion urban regeneration project Euroméditerranée, which is transforming Marseille by providing new offices, retail, residential units and public space.