Prešov, as the last regional capital, has finally gotten a bigger shopping centre. The Eperia Shopping Mall opened on Friday, November 24. During the first weekend about 70,000 people visited, the Trendreality.sk website reported.
“Eperia is our first project in the retail sector of such a size,” said Pavel Pelikán, executive director of the developer J&T Real Estate, as cited by Trendreality.sk.
Eperia, located in the business zone of the Sekčov housing estate, covers an area of 22,000 square metres and in terms of its size it is the 20th biggest in Slovakia.
It has brought more than 100 shops and services to Prešov including H&M, C&A, Lindex, Ecco, New Yorker, Yves Rocher and the Italian brand Sherri Hill, which is a novelty in Slovakia.
Fashion makes up the biggest part of the centre, accounting for 58 percent when the supermarket is not taken into consideration. Specialised shops for toys, sports accessories and bookshops make up almost 12 percent of the area while cuisine and food outlets account for more than 10 percent. Services have a 9-percent share.
It took J&T Real Estate 17 months to build the shopping centre while the project preparation itself goes back to 2007. The costs amounted to €50 million.
The shopping centre is managed by CBRE Slovensko.
“We assume that the opening of Eperia will finally satisfy the demands of Prešov’s citizens, whose purchase power has not been fully utilised so far,” said Peter Pohanka of CBRE, adding that until recently Prešov had at its disposal only 207 square metres of retail area per 1000 citizens while the Slovak average is as much as 842 square metres. The opening of Eperia has increased this average to 451 square metres.
The investor expects that about 12,000 people will visit the centre daily. Prešov itself has 90,000 citizens.
Bratislava is to get another revitalised public space. The developer Corwin is renewing a neglected park on Kmeťovo Square in the Old Town borough. Works on the park, which lies between Bernolákova and Wilsonova Streets, have already started and should be complete by the beginning of the summer.
The main industrial regions in Slovakia are reporting a lack of accommodation capacity for workers. These are in the vicinities of industrial and logistics parks mostly along highways connecting Bratislava with Košice (D1), leading from Bratislava to the Czech Republic (D2) and the dual carriageway from Trnava to Banská Bystrica (R1).
The developer, belonging to the Bencont Group has already started pulling down the buildings and cleaning the three-hectare area. “We believe that Rínok Rača, which we will begin to construct soon, will be the new centre of the borough and will naturally fit into the life of its citizens,” said Martin Šimurda, representative of the developer Rínok Rača, as cited in the press report.
The new indebting rules tightened by the National Bank of Slovakia (NBS) will primarily impact citizens of the Slovak capital, Bratislava. They will be able to buy on credit, from an average wage, maximally a one-room flat in a new building or a two-room flat in an older block of flats. Other regions will be significantly less affected by the new lending cap, Poštová Banka has found out.
In the first quarter of 2018, the overall offer of office space in Bratislava reached almost 1.72 million square metres. The vacancy rate slightly decreased to 5.99 percent from 6.18 percent in the previous quarter. The lowest vacancy rate was in the Bratislava V district (3.22 percent), the highest in the Bratislava IV district (9.05 percent), the Slovak branch of the real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield reported on April 20 as cited by the SITA newswire.
The developer Penta Real Estate is preparing the second phase of the Bory Bývanie residential project. It will create 287 apartments in nine, four- to six-storey blocks. It plans to launch the construction during the third quarter of 2018.
Petržalka, the most populated borough of Bratislava, has gotten a new roofed market place, Petržalská Tržnica. It is located in a reconstructed shopping centre of almost 5,000 square metres on Bratská Street. The new market place welcomed its first shoppers on Friday, April 6.