The new Prado mall, developed jointly by Klepierre and Montecristo Capital, has officially opened in Marseille. The result of a major two-and-one-half-year construction project, the Prado illustrates Klepierre’s vision of the next-generation shopping centre: it is an environmentally advanced mall that is perfectly integrated into the city and boasts a customized commercial offering.
The Prado is a 23,000-m² jewel, 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 near the Prado roundabout, Velodrome sports stadium, and Chanot Parc des Expositions exhibition centre, the Prado is served by multiple forms of public transportation and connected to the highway network.
Klepierre Executive Board Chairman Jean-Marc Jestin commented: “I am very proud to be in Marseille to unveil the Prado. It illustrates the full range of our expertise and our vision of the new generation shopping mall, as expressed in our tagline: Shop. Meet. Connect. At all of our malls, including the Prado, we help brands adapt to changing retail trends and provide them with a fantastic showcase for their products and concepts. More than shopping, we offer visitors unique and entertaining places to meet and share experiences. The Prado’s exceptional rooftop dining venues are just one example of this. The Prado is also an integral part of the community, involved with players in the local economy and connected to public transportation, as well as to its immediate neighbourhood and digital communities. Last and most importantly, the Prado is remarkable in environmental terms, from its construction to its energy performance and small carbon footprint.”
Leasing of the Prado is nearly complete at 96%, and the mall’s French and international brands will gradually open their locations between now and this summer. Whether in fashion, lifestyle, beauty or food services, all are premium brands in their categories.
The main anchor for this new lifestyle hub is the four-story, 9400m² Galeries Lafayette flagship. Other trendy fashion and lifestyle brands notably include Repetto, Tesla, Lacoste, Mon Petit Bikini, and Pellegrin & Fils, a prestigious, family-owned jeweller serving southern France for more than 175 years. In the next few weeks, Zara will open a 3300 m² store -- its largest in the region – to display its complete range of products.
Brands opening on March 29: Alain Figaret, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Courir, Emma & Chloe?, Etam Lingerie, Fabuleux Shamann, Factory and Co., Galeries Lafayette, Gris Perle, Guess, Izac, Jacadi, Kusmi Tea, Lacoste, Lissac, Lush, Madeleine et Gustave, Mon Petit Bikini, Pandora, Pellegrin & Fils, Repetto, Salsa, Sweet Pants, and Tesla. The other retailers – including jeweller Mauboussin and cosmetics brand Sabon – are putting the finishing touches on their boutiques and will gradually open by this summer.
The Prado’s innovative food and dining offering include trendy concepts such as La Villa’s local Marseille specialities, Big Fernand’s gourmet burgers, Factory and Co’s homemade bagels, and the Cypriot cuisine of Mavromattis. The mall will also boast a 2300 m² Auchan Gourmet, a food store concept developed exclusively for the Prado around local and regional products.