After revitalisation and extensive remodelling: Einkaufspark Duckwitz re-opened in Bremen

17 March 2016

Eight months after the opening of the modernised Real store, the second construction phase is now finished.

Einkaufspark Duckwitz re-opened

Eight months after the opening of the modernised Real store, the second construction phase is now finished. In total, the works took more than one year and METRO PROPERTIES invested € 14.2 million. The result is impressive:

On the premises of the formerly biggest Walmart worldwide, a modern retail park was constructed. With more than 30 shops on 19,600 sqm, it offers a broad range of products.

First construction phase: modernisation of Real

As early as in July last year, the remodelled and modernised Real store had been opened after the first construction phase.

A smaller and up-to-date floor concept, modern design features and an attractive product presentation as well as a newly designed parking area guarantee a comfortable shopping experience with the sales line.

Second construction phase: neighbourhood centre

In the second construction phase, the remaining floors were developed. A modern neighbourhood centre with numerous shops, additional services and a broad gastronomic offer was created.

Apart from the METRO sales lines Real and Saturn, which is present with the smallest complete Saturn store, further tenants include shops like dm-drogerie markt, Siemes Schuhcenter, Mister&Lady as well as Thalia. They all make the location, which was repositioned under the name of "Einkaufspark Duckwitz", an attractive shopping destination for the district.

Neighbourhood centres become places to meet

"The opening of Einkaufspark Duckwitz is a milestone for us“, states Jean-Christophe Bretxa, CEO of METRO PROPERTIES. "Even in times of digitalisation and online trade, the human dimension is more than ever a central part of the game. Neighbourhood centres like Einkaufspark Duckwitz are places to meet and exchange."

Historic location

The design of the retail park reflects the history of its location. Way before the former trade chain Wertkauf opened the first retail park at Duckwitzstraße, the district in Bremen was a center of trade, as the discovery of the Bremen "Kogge" proves. The shipwreck was retrieved from the muddy grounds of the Weser in the neighbouring district of Rablinghausen. Today, it is displayed in the German maritime museum in Bremerhaven.

Inside the center, two big wall paintings pay tribute to this era. They show the constructional designs of the Bremen Kogge, which have been created exclusively for Einkaufspark Duckwitz by the maritime museum.

"We are convinced that the location does not only look back on a long history and a moved past, but also has a great future", says Christian Mielke, Director Region Germany at METRO PROPERTIES.