October 24, 2013, marked the opening of the largest shopping center in Pomerania, the Riviera in Gdynia, which was developed by Mayland Real Estate.
On its very first day of business, the shopping center had already achieved great success in footfall. The center was visited by both those who were looking for established and respected brands, as well as those who were keen on brands which have been unavailable so far on the Tri-City market.
Nearly 250 stores by international and national brands set up shop in units spanning across 70 thousand sq m. This makes Riviera one of the largest malls in Poland. The total length of shop windows reached a whopping 2.5 km. This new retail facility’s facade totals nearly 600 meters in length, but in order to make it around the entire building’s perimeter it is 1.3 thousand meters. Eleven skylights provide natural sunlight in the day time. The largest one is 1.3 thousand sq m in size. There are 2.5 thousand parking spaces waiting for the customers.
The impressive 600-meter long facade attracts attention from afar. Soon, it will be covered by greenery, which will change colors depending on the season in order to better blend in with the surrounding vegetation. This is a one of a kind solution in Poland.
One of the center’s unquestionable advantages is its “3 in 1” formula. Riviera had been planed not only as a place for everyday shopping, but also as a fashion center and a place of active recreation and leisure for the entire family. Another selling point of the mall is its location. The facility is located on Wzgórze Św. Maksymiliana hill, which features a SKM urban train railway station that links the entire Tri-City (carrying 38 million passengers per year, with trains running every 7 minutes), and the terminal stations of 8 trolley lines and 34 bus lines. This will allow Riviera to provide service to southern parts of the agglomeration, including Gdynia, Sopot, Rumia, Wejherowo, and Władysławowo. The vicinity of the downtown, office areas, and sports facilities makes Riviera a bona fide mixed-use urban center the area had lacked until now.
In its two years of leasing up, the Riviera shopping center had acquired leading Polish and international brands, which had been absent from the Tri-City market. The mall features brands such as 4F, Apart, Benetton, C&A, CCC, City Sport Lifestyle, Cubus, LPP and Inditex stores, Deichmann, Douglas, Duka, Ecco, Empik, RTV Euro AGD, Gerry Weber, Gino Rossi, H&M, Hebe, iSpot, Kappahl, AmRest restaurants, Levi’s, Mango, McDonald’s, New Yorker, Nike, Pierre Cardin, River Island, Rossmann, Sephora, Simple, Strellson, Subway, Super-Pharm, Swarovski, TK Maxx, Tommy Hilfilger, and Villeroy & Boch.
“We’ve recently signed a contract with the Nike chain for the expansion of area. We’ll become home to the largest and most modern Nike store in Central Europe,” says Grzegorz Latała, Director of Commercialization at Mayland Real Estate. “We had no bigger problems with attracting tenants thanks to the center’s uniqueness, perfect location, and modern formula. It’s the Tri-City’s only facility with such a versatile offer and such a large number of the strongest, biggest retail concepts.
“Although partners are experiencing the results of the economic downshift, it didn’t have any decisive impact on the lease-up,” Latała added. “First and foremost we focused on fashion. We signed on Inditex, which – for the first time on the Tri-City market – opened stores of all of its brands here, including the region’s first Zara Home store. The same goes for the Polish LPP fashion group, and the Scandinavian H&M. The last will open one of its first interior decoration stores here, H&M Home.”
The developer informed Retailnet that the majority of the tenants, who won’t be able to make it in time with opening their outlets, will do catch up in December. Two of the largest operators, that is Van Graf and Saturn, will open their doors to business at the beginning of next year.
Mayland Real Estate sp. z o.o. is a developer of large retail space in Poland. The company was established in 2006. It has already put 3 modern shopping centers into commission: Karolinka in Opole, Pogoria in Dąbrowa, and Jantar in Słupsk. It plans to build more shopping centers in the coming years. The company is to expand its development activities by utilizing its own land bank and acquiring new land for investment. The company will also expand in retail property management. Mayland currently manages 5 centers, with a total GLA of more than 270 thousand sq m.