Rheinpark-Center in Neuss opens today (DE)

The large-scale project to convert the former HUMA Einkaufspark into the new, modern Rheinpark-Center in Neuss at a cost of €93 million has now been completed: following construction work lasting around two and a half years, the totally refurbished shopping center on Breslauer Strasse will be celebrating the opening of the full complex at 8 am on Friday, April 1, 2011.

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The primary owner of the Rheinpark-Center is Union Investment Real Estate GmbH. Long-term center management is in the hands of ECE.

On a total sales area of 37,300 m² spread over three levels, the new Rheinpark-Center is a now byword for variety with around 140 shops, cafés, restaurants and service outlets. The shopping center will provide jobs for more than 1,000 people. The catchment area of the Rheinpark-Center, which also houses more than 1,600 parking spaces, comprises a population of around 630,000.

Long-term center management is in the hands of ECE. The construction management function for the conversion project was entrusted to SF-Bau Xanten GmbH. The primary owner of the Rheinpark-Center is Union Investment Real Estate GmbH, which acquired 94.9% of the shares in the Rheinpark Center property company, 'Rheinpark-Center Neuss GmbH & Co. KG', from Swiss project developer Unimo AG for the 'UniImmo: Europa' open-end real estate fund.

With numerous fashion labels and a balanced branch mix, the new Rheinpark-Center is a focal point of attraction that will draw shoppers from both within and beyond the region. The new anchors in the fashion segment include C&A, H&M, Esprit and US cult label Hollister. They are joined by a wide range of further attractions such as a big Thalia bookstore and a food court with seating for 380 on the second floor. The big tenants who opened outlets in the first construction phase of the Rheinpark-Center back in February of last year include Real (hypermarket), Saturn (consumer electronics) and P&C.

High-quality architecture – impressive spatial experience
The elegant high-quality design of the new Rheinpark-Center meets the highest architectural standards. The modern glass-and-steel facade is clearly structured by diamond-shaped supports. The interior of the new Rheinpark-Center is equally elegant and friendly with its real trees and a big fountain. Four large light courtyards underline the impressive spaciousness and transparency of the center. The malls on the ground and first floors of the Rheinpark-Center are arranged in the form of a square with light-flooded rotundas at the corners. The designs of the rotundas with their different materials and shapes help visitors to find their bearings and lend each rotunda its very own unique character. Shoppers can move between the various levels with maximum convenience using the escalators and elevators.

Experienced ECE center management
The Rheinpark-Center is a partner of the local retail trade and plays an active role in the city marketing organization. One of the most important tasks for the team led by new center manager Markus Haas will be to strengthen the statu

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