Uniqlo, the Japanese clothing brand, has chosen Polygone Riviera, the progressive 150-store 70,000sq m (750,000sq ft) lifestyle development, to open its very first store on the French Riviera. Located in Cagnes-sur-Mer, and due to open to the public in October 2015, Polygone Riviera will be the first open-air shopping centre in France. Polygone Riviera is being developed in a joint venture between Unibail-Rodamco and Socri.
Polygone Riviera will be divided into four special districts – Quartier des Saveurs, Promenade des Palmiers, Quartier des Arcades and The Designer GalleryTM – giving shoppers an entirely original and exceptionally stylish shopping experience, setting a new benchmark for fashion, art and leisure in a mall environment.
New entrant Uniqlo is taking a significant 1,200sq m (12,917sq ft) unit at the heart of The Designer Gallery district, anchored by Le Printemps department store. Le Printemps was one of the very first to sign to Polygone Riviera, taking 9,000sq m (96,875sq f) – the largest space in the centre. This district will provide a selection of 22 contemporary, exclusive and inspirational retailers.
In its ninth French store, Uniqlo will present its stylish, high quality clothing range for men, women and kids alike. Uniqlo joins an enviable line-up of fashion brands already signed at Polygone Riviera.
Eric Houviez, director of development/European projects, for Unibail-Rodamco, said: “With visionary creativity and design at its heart, Uniqlo is the perfect match for The Designer GalleryTM at Polygone Riviera. We are all very proud of the concept, layout and carefully curated tenant mix at the centre, which is set to bring a chic and stylish shopping environment never seen before on the French Riviera, or anywhere else in Europe.“
Many exclusive international and local brands that have already committed to taking space in the Quartier des Arcades at Polygone Riviera such as Sephora, Suncoo, Mauboussin, American Vintage, Eleven Paris, Massimo Dutti, Finsbury, &Other Stories and COS. These last two retailers are opening their first stores in a French shopping centre.
Polygone Riviera is propelling retail and leisure to a new level by placing world-class contemporary art at the very heart of a unique lifestyle shopping centre. Staying faithful to the artistic culture of the region, Polygone Riviera has appointed Jérôme Sans, the internationally renowned art curator and co- founder of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, as Artistic Director. Visitors will have the opportunity to behold various stunning contemporary art features from both French and international artists, including Daniel Buren, Anthony Gormley, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Pascale Marthine Tayou and César.
Meanwhile, la Promenade des Palmiers – the Lifestyle district – will house 42 of the world’s most popular brands including Superdry’s largest store in the South of France (657sq m – 7,072sq ft), Zara, Pull&Bear, Bershka and Forever 21.
Leisure will also be part of Polygone Riviera’s success, with Unibail Rodamco’s trademark ‘Dining Experience’ area housing a selection of gourmet cafés and restaurants.