The new underground Kraków Główny train station was opened to travellers. Located in the centre of the city, Kraków Główny is the first transport hub of its kind in Poland to offer local, regional and international connections through rail, bus and tram services. An important part of the project is the modern and functional underground retail and service space. The PKP S.A. Commercialization Department in cooperation with advisory firm Jones Lang LaSalle were responsible for the area’s commercialization.
Grażyna Melibruda, Associate Director, Retail Agency Jones Lang LaSalle, commented: “Below the platforms of Kraków Główny station, a 4,000 sqm area of retail amenities has been created. Introducing such an extensive retail offer, fully integrated with the train and bus station, represents a new quality of passenger service.”
The Kraków Główny train station will offer travellers a wide variety of shopping and service units including over 40 shops and restaurants, including: Biedronka, Super-Pharm, Matras, ToysBox, McCafe, WARS and Grycan. The tenant mix was designed in such a way as to meet the specific needs and expectations of travellers as well as supplementing the offer of the nearby Galeria Krakowska.
Małgorzata Szychułda, Head of Real Estate Commercialization Department, PKP SA, added: “This success would not be possible without full involvement of tenants as well as our external partners.”
The project showcases the train station’s growing attractiveness for the retail sector, and has been one of the most significant trends observed in Poland’s commercial real estate market in recent years. Other examples of this trend are Poznań and Katowice, where modern shopping centers have been developed in proximity to their respective train stations.
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