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As an independent joint venture of the globally active METRO GROUP and the European market leader for shopping centers, ECE, we have access to comprehensive expertise and an excellent network.


METRO is a leading international wholesale company with food and non-food assortments that specialises on serving the needs of hotels, restaurants and caterers (HoReCa) as well as independent traders. Around the world, METRO has some 24 million customers who can choose whether to shop in one of the large-format stores, order online and collect their purchases at the store or have them delivered. METRO in addition also supports the competitiveness of entrepreneurs and freelancers with digital solutions and thereby contributes to cultural diversity in retail and hospitality. Sustainability is a key pillar of METRO’s business. METRO has been the sector leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the last four years. The company operates in 36 countries and employs more than 150,000 people worldwide. In financial year 2017/18, METRO generated sales of €36.5 billion. In September 2018 METRO AG initiated the divestment process for the food retail chain Real with its 34,000 employees.

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ECE has been developing, building, leasing, and managing shopping centers since 1965. The company is European market leader for shopping centers with about 195 shopping centers under management (more than 50 of which are managed by MEC METRO-ECE Centermanagement GmbH & Co KG) and is active in 11 countries. On an overall sales area of around 7 million square meters, more than 19,500 retail tenants generate approximately 23 billion euros in annual sales in all ECE centers combined. Among these centers are Milaneo in Stuttgart, Aquis Plaza in Aachen, Promenaden at Leipzig Central Station, and Marmara Park in Istanbul. ECE also develops other commercial properties in its business areas Office, Traffic, and Industries, such as the new German headquarters of Philips in Hamburg and ThyssenKrupp Quartier in Essen.

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