Multi Turkmall has celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony in Kayseri, Turkey, to mark the start of construction of Shopping and Lifestyle Centre Forum Kayseri in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey. It will be the largest and most modern shopping center in the region. The opening is scheduled for autumn 2011. Forum Kayseri is Multi Turkmall's first development in Central Anatolia. The project is developed as a partnership between Multi Turkmall and Union Investment Real Estate AG.
The opening of Forum Kayseri is scheduled for autumn 2011.
The ceremony was held in the presence of Mevlüt Bilici, Governor of Kayseri; Mehmet Ozhaseki, Mayor of Kayseri; Memduh Büyükkiliç, Mayor of Melikgazi; Bernd Dahlgruen, Union Investment Project Director; Hans Otto Nagel, Chairman of Turkmall; Levent Eyüboglu, CEO of Multi Turkmall; and attended by many members of the press and Multi Turkmall employees.
Levent Eyüboglu said: "Multi Turkmall made another huge investment in this period of economic crisis in Turkey. We are planning to open Forum Kayseri in 2011. Forum Kayseri is a project with a unique residence involved. Forum Kayseri residence will be a symbol of Kayseri. The demands are already high. Just as in Forum Mersin, Forum Kayseri Shopping and Lifestyle Centre will also get an ICSC Award and Multi Turkmall will continue its investment in Turkey."
Bernd Dahlgruen of Union Investment said: "Forum Kayseri has great architecture and will be successful."
Mayor of Melikgazi Memduh Büyükkýlýç said: "Turkey and Kayseri win with Forum Kayseri Shopping and Lifestyle Centre. It will distinguish and give colour to the city. I am very greatful to the metropolitan municipality and Multi Turkmall for this project."
Mayor of Kayseri Mehmet Ozhaseki said: "In the groundbreaking area, there was an old stadium. But now with this transformation, a very modern project will be constructed. If global brands come and see Kayseri as a fascinating place than we could be a global brand. I would like to thank Multi Turkmall."
Designed as a regional shopping center in the heart of the city, Forum Kayseri includes a hypermarket, a multi-screen cinema, department stores, shops with national and international brands, as well as cafés, restaurants, entertainment areas and parking spaces for 2,000 cars.
Kayseri stone and local arches feature in the design of the main facades of the building. Forum Kayseri's open food court terrace and skylights in the roof enable daylight to flood into the center. The project has been designed within a master plan of residences, office, hotel and a city park.
Forum Kayseri Residence, located in the same area as Forum Kayseri Shopping and Lifestyle Centre, will be Multi Turkmall's first high-quality residential estate in Anatolia, which with its modern architecture and unique design will redefine residential standards in Kayseri.