The French sporting goods manufacturer Decathlon has opened its first shop in the Free State of Thuringia in the Thüringer Einkaufscenter Erfurt (T.E.C.) on Thursday, June 20th. At 10am, Center Manager Emanuel Michael, Decathlon shop manager Liane Lautsch and the Thuringian speed skater Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann cut the opening ribbon.
The new sporting goods store is located on the whole upper floor of the former Praktiker DIY store and covers 3.200 m². Its opening is the first visible step of the extensive refurbishment of the center. “Decathlon is an excellent partner, which will enrich Erfurt and the region with its great range of sport and leisure products”, explains MEC Center Manager Emanuel Michael, who has accompanied the refurbishment from the very beginning.
Based on the question of how the Praktiker space, which has been va-cant since October 2013, is to be used, the revaluation of the entire location was considered. METRO PROPERTIES, co-owners and gen-eral lessee of the center, developed a comprehensive concept for the conversion and the modernisation of the center in cooperation with MEC. This concept was also agreed on with the city of Erfurt and fixed in an urban development contract. Further steps of the refurmbishment concept will be the relocation of Aldi from the center to an enlarged space in the former DIY store, the entry of the fitness studio FitX next to Aldi and the expansion of the dm drugstore in the center.
In addition, the whole brand appearance of the T.E.C. will be redesigned on the basis of a design concept. This includes among other things refacing the facades over the entrances. The logo of the T.E.C. has been redesigned and will soon be mounted on the new facade. In the mall, a comprehensive refurbishment concept is implemented to make it modern and attractive. The aim is to provide the customers of the T.E.C. with a state of the art shopping experience and a high quality of stay.
For the implementation of the entire concept, MEC has supervised the authorisation procedure for the conversion of the former DIY market and is also responsible for the reorganisation within the framework of the general planning service. The two owners, Glinicke GmbH and METRO PROPERTIES, are investing a double-digit million amount.
MEC manages general planning services for T.E.C. Erfurt
MEC manages the complete refurbishment project on behalf of METRO PROPERTIES and is responsible for construction law procurement, re-leasing and the project management for all modernisation work. Already in 2012, MEC started with a concept for strategic center development. In 2018, an urban development contract was concluded for the overall measure with the state capital. After that, the targeted leasing could begin.
In 2017, the general planning contract with a partner office was finalised and initial building pre-orders were made. Building applications were submitted in 2018, and construction began in the same year. MEC wants to complete the modernisation of the T.E.C. by the end of 2020. At present, two further areas on the ground floor are being developed. "We will celebrate further openings this year or at the beginning of 2020," announces Emanuel Michael.
Background information on the.E.C Erfurt
The T.E.C. Erfurt has 23,500m² of retail space and 40 stores, including the anchor tenants Media Markt, Real, Aldi, Decathlon, dm, Deichmann and Adler Modemarkt. Located on the outskirts of Erfurt, the shopping center also offers services such as a bakery, florist, pharmacy, hair-dresser and locksmith. For customers there are over 1,000 free parking spaces in front of the Thuringian shopping center and 400 parking spaces in the underground car park.