Riviera shopping center opens its doors in Gdynia (PL)

Mayland announced on Friday the opening of the largest and most advanced commerce and entertainment center in Tricity and the entire Pomerania as well as one of the largest centers in Poland. Riviera boasts one of the most diverse tenant mix among all commercial centers in Poland.

Riviera is a unique place combining entertainment, traditional commercial street ambiance, beautiful and cosy interior as well as themed restaurants, cafés and bars. It will be a perfect choice for an enjoyable way to spend free time. Also, it will be a lively and energetic entertainment center of Gdynia as a venue for concerts, shows, events and artistic performances.

Riviera develops a Gross Leasable Area (GLA) of 70,000 m² on two levels, and gathers 238 stores, which make it the largest center in the north of the country and one of the ten largest in Poland. The nearest commercial centres of comparable size are located in Warsaw, Łódź and Poznań.

Riviera has 2,500 parking spaces for customers, 2.5 times more than the previous leader in Tricity. Moreover, Riviera boasts an attended parking area for 300 bikes which is the largest in Poland and the first one in Tricity.

Riviera is anchored by a Real hypermarket, a Helios multiplex and a 12 unit food-court, Saturn and Van Graaf stores, each developing 3,600 m² GLA, a 3,000 m² Intersport store, popular medium-sized stores (H&M, Zara, New Yorker, Reserved, Empik, Smyk, CCC, House, Carry, C&A, Cubus, etc.) and numerous boutiques.

Riviera will bring a unique commercial and entertainment offer to Tricity. Several brands will make their début in the local market. For example, the first Van Graaf clothing store in Tricity will occupy 3,500 m² at Riviera. H&M Home and ZARA Home, offering interior products, will also make their premiere appearance. It is at Riviera that NIKE will open its largest store in Poland and Central Europe.

Restaurants, bars and cafés will make up a diverse and modern-design food court. This will include such customer favorites as: Starbucks, Coffee Heaven, COSTA, Mount Blanc, Grycan, Carte d’Or, Burger King, KFC, Pizza Hut, Wyspa Smaku, Grand Kebab, North Fish, Subway, Salad Story, Thai Wok, Sushi Matsu, Bio Way. 34 cafés and restaurants will be perfect places for a tasty meal and relaxation.

One of Riviera’s attractions will be the most advanced multiplex in the region with 2,800 m², six screens and 1,224 seats. 3D projectors equipped. The multiplex will be operated by Helios, the largest cinema network in Poland.

The Riviera stores will not only be fashion stores, boutiques and large-area stores, but also traditional bakeries and patisseries, hairdressing and cosmetic salons, a bank, a florist shop and a playing room for kids. Tricity entrepreneurs will also be offering their products and services: Raszczyk Bakery, Szydłowski Bakery, Delicje Patisserie, Candy Shop, Dom Czekolady (Chocolate House), Agora Smak Grecji (Greek food), Express Luna, Sindbad, La Rochelle, Bea – Świat Torebek (handbags), Fun Park, 4 Kids (kids wear), Paula Roccialli (hairdresser), GSM Monument9, So In Love (artistic jewellery), LilyRose and Art-Florist Jantar.

Riviera has been a retail success, with 96% of the area leased. Letting will be completed early 2014, with the last boutiques being signed with added-value brands.

For administrative reasons, Riviera opens with 80% of the stores in operation, while the other ones, which would not have been ready for Riviera opening, have been frozen and will start their fit out works just after the opening and start operation early 2014.

Riviera will be the first Polish commercial center to have the CISCO electronic system. It is a unique solution providing Internet access without the need to log in each time, which makes it different from Wi-Fi hot spots.

600 people worked on the construction of the center and it is estimated that 1,500-2,000 jobs will be created for the operation of Riviera. The center office administration will offer 60 positions (including cleaners and security).

The Riviera extension has been one of the key investments in Pomerania in recent years with the total value of €137 million. The value of the facility after the expansion is estimated at €200 million.

A special feature and an architectonic curiosity is the nearly 600-meter facade of the new part of the center which will be covered with greenery and become one of the most characteristic elements of the entire facility.

Source: Mayland

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