New attraction: HEMA to open in Rathaus Galerie Essen
Essen, November 10th 2022 – The Dutch department store chain HEMA is opening up a new branch in Rathaus Galerie Essen. The Shopping Centre is located in a prominent location in Essen’s city centre. „HEMA has been present in Essen since 2002 and is now moving into our Center with a new, more compact store with an updated contemporary look,“ so Frederik Westhoff, Centre Manager Essen at HBB Centermanagement GmbH & Co KG.
„The decision on the location was based on the undergoing extensive redevelopment of Rathaus Galerie which is set to give it whole new look – making it a highly attractive environment for HEMA.“
„HEMA deliberately decided to open their new store in Rathaus Galerie Essen due to it being an major hub for customers from Essen and its surrounding areas to shop for their daily needs. Our product range complements the existing offers and fits perfectly into the modernisation scheme. We at HEMA are very much looking forward to this new opening/location in the city centre of Essen!“, so Arjan Meijer, Expansion Manager Germany at HEMA.
HEMA sells affordable products for everyday usage. From soap dispensers to onesies, from make-up to clothing for rainy days, from party decorations to office supplies. HEMA’s selection includes practical products for all areas of life. An in-house design team ensures the typical Dutch product design and touch. Their assortment includes more than 30.000 items.
The opening of the new store is planned for January 2023.
About Rathaus Galerie Essen
The city of Essen is considered the heart of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan area with about 583,000 inhabitants and is thus the ninth largest city in Germany. For the western Ruhr area and the Lower Rhine region with more than 5 million inhabitants, Essen is considered an important transportation hub, and an academic and intellectual center. Essen has always been the undisputed „shopping city” in the Ruhr region. The Rathaus Galerie Essen hich opened in 1979 in the center of downtown Essen, was extensively renovated in 2010. And it is currently undergoing another major redevelopment. The revitalisation is a joint venture of Henderson Park and HBB. The shopping center has a GLA of approx. 30,800 m², spreading across two floor levels, as well as two separate car parks with approx. 1.000 parking spaces. It houses around 70 stores with an attractive mix of well-known anchor tenants such as Jeans Fritz, Decathlon, dm-drogerie markt, Ernsting’s Family, Olymp & Hades and other well-known brands/concepts. It also features a food court with 14 F&B concepts that increase the dwell time of visitors. With exciting new tenants and innovative concepts, as well as an individual mix of brands and tenants is it set to be the location with an even stronger appeal.
The Dutch department store chain De Bijenkorf founded the brand HEMA in 1926. The first store was established on Amsterdam’s Kalverstraat – the busiest shopping street in the Netherlands. The contemporary range includes more than 30.000 products and services. HEMA operates around 750 stores, mainly in the Netherlands, but also in Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany and Austria. The company employs a total of 19.000 people.
HBB Group – based in Hamburg — has been active in the real estate industry as an investor and project developer for over 50 years. Asset classes like retail, office, hotel, senior living and residential properties have been developed and built across Germany. HBB sees itself as a specialized investor with the aim of creating successful long-term value rather than short-term profit maximation. The focus of HBB is on sustainability and compatibility of their real estate projects. The company is owner operated and has a team of more than 140 highly skilled professionals. HBB Centermanagement GmbH & Co. KG manages shopping centers in Hanau, Frankfurt, Munich, Langenhagen, Gummersbach, Nidderau, Hamburg, Weiden, Essen, Wittenberg, Ingelheim, Stein, Heiligenhaus, Wuppertal, Langen and Leipzig, among others.
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