New shopping district instead of vacancy
In the northeast of North Rhine-Westphalia lies the town of Lübbecke, with a population of around 26,000, directly on the northern edge of the Wiehengebirge mountains. Its historic old town is crisscrossed by a central pedestrian zone, which provides most of Lübbecke’s shopping and gastronomy. There, at its western end, stood the former Deerberg department store, a property that had been partially vacant for years, as well as an aging municipal parking garage that no longer met modern standards. The city wanted a significant revitalization and an expansion of the inner-city shopping offer at this location. In this initial situation, HBB was able to convince the municipal decision-makers with a well thought-out overall concept – the Westertor shopping district.
Sensitive integration of architecture and product range
Together with the renowned Düsseldorf architectural firm RKW, the design of a shopping district was developed that consists of a gabled structure facing the pedestrian zone that harmonizes perfectly with the neighborhood. Inside it, there are retail spaces on two levels: Towards the pedestrian zone Lange Straße, approx. 3,000 m2 for various specialist stores or chain stores are located, while the floor below accommodates a large food market on approx. 3,400 m2. Due to the falling height level, this is located at ground level to the rear at a new parking lot with 140 parking spaces. The result is a small shopping district of its own with eight tenants that links seamlessly with the city center. Thus, the Westertor will become an effective frequency generator and kick-off for the business center.
The opening with eight stores is scheduled for the 3rd quarter of 2022.