McArthurGlen Group, Europe's leading developer, owner and manager of designer outlet villages, has been appointed by the City of Neumünster to develop a designer outlet village with a sales area of 20,000 m² in the city of Neumünster in the North German state of Schleswig-Holstein. The City of Neumünster selected McArthurGlen as its preferred partner to develop a designer outlet center following a European-wide bid process.
Hamburg is the wealthiest city in Germany.
The site of the new village is located on the B205, the main access road to Neumünster from the A7/E45 motorway linking Denmark with Southern Germany. The site is 40 minutes' drive north of Hamburg, the second largest city in Germany and the wealthiest city in Germany.
McArthurGlen currently operates a total of 17 designer outlet villages across Europe, in partnership with its more than 750 brand partners. The villages offer discounts of 30-70% on last season's collections of well-known brands in quality environments, with brands controlling their own retail units, and hence their own identity.
The Group introduced the concept of designer outlet retailing to Europe in 1995 with the opening of its Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet in the UK, and has since gone on to produce architecturally renowned and award-winning villages across Europe. All of the Group's designer outlet villages are located in cities or regions known as key tourist destinations and near to main transport routes.
The state of Schleswig-Holstein is the third most important tourist destination in Germany for national tourists, receiving over 5.5 million visitors a year.
JW Kaempfer, Chairman, McArthurGlen Group, says: "We are delighted that the City of Nuemünster has selected us to be the developer of the new designer outlet village for Neumünster. Our appointment by the City marks a further exciting opportunity for McArthurGlen. Germany is a key market for us, given the size of its population and the importance of its economy. Neumünster offers a prime location in terms of its excellent transport links and its location in a region renowned as a tourist destination."
Hartmut Unterlehberg, Mayor of the City of Neumünster, says: "This is a historic moment for Neumünster, and we are delighted to announce the appointment of McArthurGlen as our development partner. McArthurGlen brings to Neumünster more than 20 years of experience of designing, developing and operating designer outlets in Europe, as well as of working with local groups and organizations to create shopping destinations that are in turn regional tourist attractionss in their own right, with all the benefits that this will bring to our local economy and local businesses."
Gary Bond, McArthurGlen's CEO of European Development, says: "We place great importance on the quality and details of our outlet villages. Our aim is to create places where people enjoy spending time. This is through the architecture, ensuring that it is in keeping with local styles, the facilities and the events that we hold at our villages, and most importantly through the outstanding retail and dining offer. We are sure that the new designer outlet village in Neumünster will add great value to