After two years of construction, on 29 March 2012, Arneken Galerie shopping center was opened to the public. The mall is located in the heart of the city of Hildesheim.
Covering an area of 28,000 m², the center offers gallery space on three levels for 90 retail stores, services, restaurants, office space, as well as day care center for children. Designed as an open city district, Arneken Galerie comprises three buildings.
Among centers' anchor tenants Saturn and H&M, retail brands such as Mango, Depot, Schuhkay, Intersport Voswinkel, Camp David, Esprit, Mustang, Triumpf, Tom Tailor, bookshop Decius, dm Drogerie Markt are also setled in the mall.
Arneken Galerie is an inner-city shopping centre, connected to the prime high street of Hildesheim. Hildesheim is located 30 km south of Hannover and its purchasing power is 8% higher than the national average.
By creating a direct access with two pedestrian links with the main Almstraße shopping street, the project is part of Hildesheims prime retail area. The Arneken Galerie site is located at walking distance of the train station, and because of its central location it has a good car access from the whole city.
A 17th Century vaulted passage, discovered during the archaeological excavations while construction of the site has been carefully integrated into the project. Along with other finds from the Thirty Years War, part of a unique ‘archaeological path’, the passage is displayed in the gallery telling the story of Hildesheim between the years of 1550 to 1650. Other components of the ‘archaeological path’ include an oversized visual wall in the main building and an observation deck on the roof of the gallery which gives spectacular views across all of Hildesheim.
Designed as an open city district, Arneken Galerie comprises three buildings (main building and two smaller buildings) perfectly blending together to the surrounding townscape. The two open pedestrian shopping streets are linked with the main building to the prime shopping street (Almsstrasse) creating a new route in the city center. With an inter-play of paths and squares; a new and most attractive urban environment has been created to provide a high quality experience for visitors and customers.