(origineel Engelstalig persbericht)
On Friday the 25th of September, Forum Lviv opened its doors to the public and welcomed thousands of shoppers and curious Lviv residents. Forum Lviv is Multi’s first shopping centre in Ukraine and is located in the historic inner city of Lviv and one of the most prestigious retail projects in the country. Multi Ukraine developed and owns Forum Lviv with two Ukrainian real estate partners, Galereja Centre and Bud House Group. Forum Lviv covers an area of 69,000 m2 with retail, restaurants, entertainment, a cinema and an underground car park.
‘’We are very pleased to have opened Forum Lviv today. We developed and realised the shopping centre under exceptionally difficult circumstances. We truly believe that it is one of our greatest achievements, and a milestone for Ukraine as a country. We have managed to create a feeling that Forum Lviv has always been here and is an essential part of the beautiful heart of Lviv. It is the first project in Ukraine developed to high European standards and it is BREEAM certified. We have established a reputation for Forum Lviv as a must-join project among retailers and are proud to have a 95% occupancy at completion’’,
said Jaap Blokhuis, CEO of Multi Corporation.
Unique mix of leading national and international brands
Forum Lviv will host 35,000 sqm2 of national and international fashion brands, including ZARA (the largest store in Ukraine), Women’s secret, Springfield, Bershka, MANGO, Massimo Dutti, LaCoste, Pull&Bear, Stradivarius, Reserved, Sinsay, Cropp Town, Amstor, Comfy, Intimissim, Intertop and LC Waikiki, with its first store in Western Ukraine, plus a food-court zone, the electronics supermarket Comfy, supermarket Silpo, Igroland children’s entertainment and a Planeta Kino cinema with Lviv’s first 4DX screen.
Forum Lviv is located in the city centre on Pid Dubom Street, just a short walk from the city’s main square and famous Opera House. The three-storey shopping centre is topped by a level complete with cinema, leisure facilities and restaurants overlooking the city. It also has an underground parking garage with 600 spaces, the first of its kind in Lviv city. The Forum Lviv concept was created by TTDesign, Multi’s in-house design group, acclaimed for its outstanding urban development and architectural concepts. The local architect is the Lviv office of Tebodin Ukraine.
Lviv, which is located near to the Polish border, is the cultural and economic centre of Western Ukraine. The city has more than 700,000 inhabitants and plays an important role at regional level. The centre was incorporated into the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1998 and dates mostly from the Habsburg period. Lviv is increasingly popular with tourists, partly thanks to the successful organization of Euro 2012 in the city.
Multi is a leading owner, manager and (re)developer of high quality shopping centres across Europe and Turkey. As a well-capitalized, growth-oriented, pan-European retail platform Multi is focused on creating, managing and improving sustainable rental income. Multi projects act as a catalyst for economic growth and social development of the cities and regions in which they are developed. Since its foundation in 1982, Multi has played an active role in the development of more than 180 projects, and currently owns and/or manages over 90 shopping centres. Multi operates in 13 countries, including the Netherlands, where it is headquartered, and Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine, the UK and Turkey.