Sonae Sierra receives Spanish Shopping Centre Association award (ES)

Sonae Sierra has once more been distinguished by the Spanish Shopping Association (AECC), this time in the Best Expansion category. This year's edition of the AECC prizes, given to the most outstanding shopping centers in Spain, were awarded as part of the 12th Spanish Congress of Shopping Centres, held in Bilbao.


Plaza Mayor's new expansion completes the center's leisure offer.

Plaza Mayor is located on the outskirts of Malaga. The new expansion, opened in October 2008, completes the center's leisure offer, which was inaugurated in 2002, adding fashion shops, services and a supermarket. The expansion, an investment of €58 million, is located in an independent building, connected to the existing leisure area via pedestrian walkways. On inauguration, it already had an occupancy rate of 100%, while visitor numbers to the Plaza Mayor Shopping Centre increased from 6.2 million in 2008 to 9.5 million in 2009.

Inspired by traditional Andalusia architecture, the new area evokes the atmosphere of a Mediterranean village, with narrow streets, squares, balconies, tiled roofs, parks and fountains. The life and color of Malaga infuse the area, with fountains and pools, a thousand new trees and shady areas for visitors to relax.) The Shopping center has the OSHAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety certificate and was certified under the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard during the construction process.

Plaza Mayor had already been honored by the AECC in 2004, for "Best New Formula in Integrated Commerce".

For Fernando Guedes Oliveira, Sonae Sierra CEO, "The awards we have received in the refurbishments and expansion areas are the proof that Sonae Sierra managed to develop specific skills in this type of projects allowing to create extra value in already successful shopping centers."

Source: Sonae Sierra

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