Mall of the Netherlands today announces the signature of a major deal with Inditex – the world’s largest fashion retailer – which will see iconic brands Zara, Bershka, Pull&Bear and Stradivarius open flagship stores in the new €570 million development.
Opening in 2020, this major project will be named Westfield Mall of the Netherlands, bringing together the power of a strong local heritage with an international brand, well-known for its flagship destinations. The centre will be the first Westfield branded new development to open across the Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield portfolio.
The four Inditex brands will benefit from a world-class destination with the best mix of retail, dining, fresh food offer and leisure. Zara will be the largest of the four stores with 3,656sq m of floor space, along with 1,024sq m for Bershka, 874sq m for Pull&Bear and 887sq m for Stradivarius.
Westfield Mall of the Netherlands will be located in the Randstad area, the economic heart of the country, which includes four of the nation’s largest cities (Amsterdam, Utrecht, The Hague and Rotterdam). The area is home to 6.8m inhabitants (40% of the Dutch population) and welcomes the majority of the nation’s 15m annual tourists. The centre will feature 280 stores, restaurants and leisure outlets across 117,000sq m, and, like the other flagship centres in the Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield portfolio, offer opportunities beyond traditional retail with unique events and experiences. This marks the beginning of a new era for retail in the Netherlands to meet the evolving desires of consumers.
Bart van Twillert, country manager for the Netherlands at Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, says: “We are pleased to announce four new stores from Inditex for Westfield Mall of the Netherlands. The destination is perfectly placed in the Randstad area, giving retailers the opportunity to thrive in a flagship destination never seen before in the Netherlands.
“It is a transformative time for the Dutch retail landscape with people craving more personal interactions and enriching experiences. Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield is known for pioneering new concepts, working with brands to innovate and converging digital and physical in state-of-the-art surroundings. That is exactly what we are doing here with Westfield Mall of the Netherlands.”
Westfield Mall of the Netherlands is situated in the municipality of Leidschendam-Voorburg and is only 5 km from The Hague, 50 km from Amsterdam and 60 km from Utrecht. It is served by three highways, three tram lines and two bus routes. Westfield Mall of the Netherlands is also creating 1,500 bicycle spaces to meet the needs of visitors, in a nation with the most bicycles per capita in the world, along with 4,000 free car parking spaces in five parking areas.
The new destination will also feature ‘The Gallery’, with boutique stores offering an aspirational mix of lifestyle brands and products across 3,000sq m. Alongside retail, Westfield Mall of the Netherlands will feature a cinema and an exceptional area dedicated to food and drinks, with 22 dining options. Part of the development is already open, with the market-leading food concept FRESH! – a 2,500+ sqm buy-and-eat food market with 34 operators offering the best local high-street concepts and gastronomy. The food offering is strengthened by the addition of the state-of the art Albert Heijn XL and Jumbo Foodmarkt. Westfield Mall of the Netherlands is the only location where the two supermarkets are located together, providing customers with greater choice.