On Wednesday, 6 September, the brand new Dronten SuyderSee shopping center opened its doors to the public. The spectacular, festive opening marked the end of 18 months of intensive construction.
This modern 20,000 m² shopping center (16,000 m² newly developed and 4,000 m² an expansion and renovation of the adjacent (Rede) mall) has given Dronten a significant draw in reinforcing its position as a regional economic center. 127 residential units (99 rented and 28 owner-occupied housing) were constructed above the shopping center and will be completed by 31 October.
The SuyderSee shopping center, situated on the Redeplein in the heart of Dronten, is unusual thanks to its variation in supply of rental space and unique architecture. The center was developed by Foruminvest from Naarden, which commissioned the leading architectural firms Antwerp-based awg (Bob van Reeth) and Voorburg-based R.P.H.S. (Eric Scholman) for the design of this shopping center with a 2nd ground level, on which the 127 residential units are located. In addition to its unusual architecture, the shopping center also has innovative lighting: Koert Vermeulen from ACT provided the most talked about exterior lighting in a shopping center in the Netherlands.
On 6 September, AXA REIM purchased from developer Foruminvest approx. 14,000 m² of the SuyderSee shopping center in Dronten for AXA Immoselect for a total of approximately €60 million. Cushman & Wakefield performed this transaction on behalf of AXA REIM.
The remaining shopping floor space was sold to Dela Vastgoed. The 99 rented residentials were sold by Foruminvest to Rubens Capital Partners from Amsterdam.
Diversity and comfort
SuyderSee shopping center has a diversity of shops (66) with leading brands and specialist shops in the fields of fashion, perfumery, multimedia, gifts/bijouterie, eyewear, shoes, jewellery, sports, telephony and supermarkets (C1000, Super de Boer and Aldi). Other tenants include Hema, C&A, Miss Etam, Vero Moda, Intertoys, Top 1 Toys, Ici Paris, Open 32, Nelson shoes, Nimco, Bakker Bart, Halfords, Livera, Aktiesport, Street One, Hans Anders, Free Record Shop, The Phone House, Belcompany, Cosmo and Hizi Hair. Visitors can also find various catering establishments to take a break from shopping and enjoy a delicious drink and snack.
During nice weather, the various delightful (catering) plazas offer plenty of options. The shopping centre is surrounded by some 1,700 parking spaces that also offer adequate space for visitors, even on busy days.