SES Spar European Shopping Centers is strengthening its market position in Croatia and will manage the new shopping center Mall of Split in Croatia’s second largest city, Split, from autumn 2015. The Croatian owner Mejaši prvi d.o.o. commissioned SES with the flagship project’s center management. The agreements were signed in late May. The center is currently being built and will open in thus autumn.
With a leasable area of over 60,000 sqm and more than 200 shops, the mega complex is now the largest shopping center in SES’s management portfolio in six countries. In addition to its own locations, SES also manages shopping centers from well-known investors in Austria, Slovenia, Northern Italy, and Hungary.
The Mall of Split is currently being built at an entrance to the City of Split and is located in one of the coastal city’s most important hubs. The center is conveniently reachable via 11 bus routes and easy access to the A1 highway. The city center is just 10 minutes away by car.
With more than 200 retailers, food service, and service providers, the most modern shopping center in Dalmatia brings new brand diversity and added value to the affluent region. Its prominent anchor tenants include Interspar, Zara, Massimo Dutti, Zara Home, Stradivarius, a dm drugstore, Debenhams, and many others. The shop mix is an answer to heavy demand for international brands and the increasing importance of gastronomic diversity. The center therefore offers a food court with a large outdoor terrace and an impressive view over the city. In 2016, SES will also gain leasing responsibility for the center.
Timelessly modern architecture provides a friendly ambiance and a high quality of stay sets the Mall of Split apart. The building has three shopping levels, 2,300 parking spaces on two underground parking levels and rooftop parking, and an entertainment area with a multiplex cinema and a casino.
Owner representative Kristijan Gelo, Mejaši prvi d.o.o.: “We are delighted to have gained the Austrian market leader SES as an operator for our Mall of Split. The Center has great architecture, a perfect location, and will boast a trendy mix of tenants. With SES, we have brought retail specialists and partners on board who know how to breathe life into centers over the long term and make them real meeting places.”
Marcus Wild, CEO of SES Spar European Shopping Centers: “The Mall of Split is another pearl for our exquisite portfolio of shopping centers. Designed to be an appealing building, it possesses all the factors that are important for the successful operation of a center. The motto is good eating, experiencing abundant shopping, and feeling good. The center has a future-oriented design in this respect. We previously handled only smaller units in Croatia. The center management in Split now allows us to expand our market position.”
Half a million people can reach the new retail location within one hour. 250,000 people live within 10 minutes. Every year, more than 5 million tourists come to Split. The location and easy accessibility promise the new center good performance.
SPAR Austria has been successfully active in Croatia since 2005 and operates a branch network of 50 food markets in the country. SES has been represented on the Croatian market since the acquisition of four Ipercoop markets in 2009.