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IKEA Centres unveils major new parks at its Russian malls

IKEA Centres is unveiling major new modern parks and outdoor spaces across its portfolio of Russian malls. The state of the art parks and outdoor spaces mark a key milestone in IKEA Centres vision to transform its 14 MEGA branded Russian retail destinations into vibrant meeting places for the next generation and a more omni channel world.

A new MEGA Park has just opened at MEGA Rostov-on-Don following the opening of a MEGA Park at MEGA Dybenko last summer, and more are scheduled to open at other MEGAs in the coming months, including at MEGA Ekaterinburg and MEGA Khimki this autumn. A brand new 2,700 sqm public square was also unveiled at MEGA Kazan in 2016 These new spaces are significant local leisure destinations in their own right, and are a key part of IKEA Centres €2 billion investment programme to upgrade its Russian malls.

MEGA Parks are specially designed to be family friendly community destinations with something for everyone. Each park benefits from large areas for playing sports, work out zones and children’s playgrounds. Most MEGA Parks also have extensive event space ensuring local people can enjoy festivals and concerts in their leisure time. In addition, emphasis has been placed on creating much sought after attractive green spaces for walks, socialising and relaxing outdoors.

MEGA Khimki’s 9,500 sqm MEGA Park is a particularly exciting place for sporty types. The park has its own multifunctional sports area with ideal space for multiple sports from basketball to mini football, and in the winter months will transform into an ice rink. There is also a special running area good enough for professionals, and major spaces for exercise and yoga classes. An attractively designed central boulevard intelligently connects the park’s extensive facilities.

MEGA Rostov-on-Don’s 20,000 sqm MEGA Park is another impressive outside space where visitors can relax, meet friends and play sports all year round. Over 1,800 trees and bushes have been planted within attractive walkways providing the surrounding community with an inspiring new green destination for relaxing walks. A multifunctional sports area will also open soon, along with a skate park. MEGA URBAN FEST, an urban festival with artists, DJs and dancers has also just taken place and was extremely popular with locals.

Finally, an enormous new park is set to launch at MEGA Ekaterinburg this autumn. Spread over 100,000 sqm it will be a significant new leisure destination with considerable space for sports and events like concerts, family festivals and open air cinemas. But IKEA Centres isn’t just building new parks, a new square has just been unveiled at MEGA Kazan. Specially designed to host a multitude of family activities and events all year round with a striking illuminated fountain at its heart, the square is set to become one of Kazan’s most popular new locations for recreation.

IKEA Centres is also looking to undertake commercial partnerships and co-creation initiatives with MEGA tenants and other relevant businesses at its new outdoor spaces. For example, at MEGA Dybenko’s new park telecommunications operator TELE2, has arranged a summer cinema season. Visitors can watch films for free and experience the quality of mobile 4G Internet from TELE2. Sports brands are another example, who will host their own themed events at MEGA Parks to promote their products.

Milen Gentchev of IKEA Centres Russia commented: “Our Russian malls are becoming stimulating new destinations for our 250 million annual visitors. Anticipating guest expectations and constantly surprising them is fundamental to the long term successful development of our business in a more omnichannel world. We believe in this vision, which is why we are upgrading our shopping centres to become meeting places for recreation, leisure and entertainment. As well as parks we are incorporating new F&B, cinemas, open air cafes, kids play areas, flexible workspace, and are extending malls to further improve our tenant mix.”

Upgrade works to transform MEGA malls with extensions and refurbishments are also well underway. Earlier this year, it was announced that MEGA Adygea-Kuban located in southern Russia near the Black Sea will receive a major extension. The GLA of the shopping centre is being more than doubled to 190,000 sqm, along with a new lakeside alfresco dining concept for the 14 million people who visit MEGA Adygea-Kuban every year.

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