Sonae Sierra and Miller Developments launch Lima Retail Park in Viana do Castelo (PT)

Sonae Sierra and Miller Developments have under construction Lima Retail Park, which is scheduled to be inaugurated next spring, and will make a strong contribution to the enhancement and modernization of commerce in the Viana do Castelo region, where Sonae Sierra already owns and manages Estação Viana, a shopping center that is currently the city's main shopping and leisure destination.

Representing an investment of €13 million, undertaken by the partnership (50/50) between Sonae Sierra and Miller Developments, the Lima Retail Park will have a Gross Lettable Area of 10.723 m², and will make available a set of 12 retail units, two of which are large stores, let to Maxmat and Moviflor. The development will also offer two restaurants and a parking lot with 416 free spaces.

Built on a 27.664-m² site, the Lima Retail Park, which will be managed by Sonae Sierra, enjoys an excellent location at Lugar da Estação, in Darque, by the EN203 road, with near-by access to the A28 (Porto - Viana); the EN13 (Porto - Viana); the A27 (Viana - Ponte de Lima - Ponte da Barca); the EN203 (Viana – Ponte de Lima) and the EN103 (Viana – Barcelos).

The new development will serve a population of more than 130.000 inhabitants in a 30 minute catchment area, and is expected to benefit from 1.1 million visits per year, and to produce an income of €13 million in the first year of operation.

Successful concept
The Lima Retail Park is the fourth development in Portugal resulting from the partnership between Sonae Sierra and Miller Developments, which was formed in April 1998 for the development of this format in the Iberian Peninsula.

Besides this new project in Viana do Castelo, Sonae Sierra and Miler Developments are also developing the Setúbal Retail Park, and have successfully developed the Sintra Retail Park and the Coimbra Retail Park.

A Retail Park comprises a development of several medium sized units, with areas varying from 450 m² to 4000 m². This format's main benefit resides in the fact that it offers tenants a larger product exhibit area at costs significantly lower than those of a shopping center, with competitive rents, satisfying the consumers' expectations both in terms of dimension and diversity, in carefully selected areas of activity.

This concept, had its origins in the United States – nowadays holding an important position in the consumers' choices –, being most prevelant in Europe, in the United Kingdom and in Germany, two countries that have about 75% of the Retail Park market.

Source: Sonae Sierra

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