The second annual EuropaProperty CEE Retail Real Estate Awards, which highlighted the best commercial retail real estate companies, retailers and projects in the CEE region for 2009, upped the ante at this year's event by giving away an unprecedented 27 awards.
One of the big winners of this year's event, which saw a lot of companies collect more than one award, were TK Maxx. The fashion retailer walked off with three prizes, the largest haul of the night. They received awards in the categories of Fashion Retailer of the Year (over 500 sqm), Newcomer of the Year and were voted the Overall Retailer of the Year.
"I would just like to say I've had a fantastic time and met some fantastic people," commented TK Maxx's Scott Stevenson on the company's night of recognition. "We look forward to an amazing future in the region and we would like to thank everyone who has supported us all the way."
Other big winners included ING Real Estate Development Europe, who won for their shopping centre Allee in Budapest, in the large category, and ING Real Estate Investment Management CEE, who picked up the Overall Company of the Year award.
Developer TriGranit also won two awards for their shopping centre project in Krakow, Poland. Bonarka City Center was awarded Shopping Centre of the Year in the Mega category and was also voted Overall Retail Project of the Year.
The Overall Professional of the Year award went to a genuinely surprised Daniel Harris of MGPA. On collecting the award he said: "To be honest I'm flabbergasted."
MGPA also received the Investor of the Year award largely on the back of the company's acquisition of three Mayland developments in Poland. "In 2009 MGPA showed that Poland, and the region as a whole, is very much an active market and one that we hope to be continually involved with," added Daniel Harris.
Retail developer Parkridge continued their success from last year's event marching off with two awards including Developer of the Year and Project of the Year, in the medium category, for their project Focus Mall Piotrkow Trybunalski in Poland.
Other projects awarded on the night included JWK Group's Alfa Centrum in Poland for Shopping Centre of the Year in the small category, Atrium European Real Estate's Militari Shopping Center in Romania for Retail Park Development, Fashion House Sosnowiec 3rd Phase, by Polonia Property Funds, received the Factory Outlet of the Year and Centrum Development and Investments' Renoma Department Store in Poland won Refurbishment Project of the Year.
Other winners for the retailer specific awards included: Sephora, Alma Market, Deichmann and Coffeeheaven, who won the Café-Fast Food Retailer of the Year for the second year in a row.