SES Spar European Shopping Centers opened ALEJA Center in Ljubljana on Wednesday, 20 May 2020.
The 150 million euro investment serves as a mixed-use shopping and leisure hot spot. The center was completed in March, but, as a result of the pandemic, the originally planned opening date had to be postponed. The first shops with a focus on local supply opened at the beginning of May, and the entire center is set to begin full operation on 20 May. The high standards of hygiene will be implemented at ALEJA and reinforced via additional measures in addition to an increase in cleaning intervals and security personnel. The iconic building marks yet another architectural highlight in the wonderful cultural city of Ljubljana, creating a new meeting place for the city's residents and a new community of residents and visitors. ALEJA represents the first completely new shopping center to be opened in Europe following the coronavirus shutdown. The company has thus signaled its revival, while simultaneously making a statement on behalf of the retail and gastronomy sectors.
ALEJA covers 32,000 square meters of leasable area (GLA) and offers a mix of over 80 international, Slovenian, and local shops, restaurants, and service providers. The shopping center is 100 percent let, and it houses the most modern INTERSPAR hypermarket in Slovenia, as well as Drogerie Müller, fashion brands XYZ, H&M, Hervis, Reserved, Tommy Hilfiger, and Baby Center, McDonald's, Big Bang, and Mass, to name a few. The Sport Vision brand is set to make its debut in Slovenia.
The center boasts, among other things, "ALEJA SKY," a 6,200-square-meter adventure and leisure zone on the roof of the center, which is comprised of green spaces, sports facilities for soccer, basketball, and volleyball, two fitness courses, a park that includes paths, seating, and recreational areas, as well as a children's playground. A pump track for cyclists, which includes two circuits in front of the building, completes the leisure activity offer.
The food court is situated beneath a huge dome and offers outdoor terraces for every restaurant connected to ALEJA SKY. Domestic and international (Italian, Mexican, and Asian) cuisine will be served in an area covering 2,300 square meters.
More than 1,600 free parking spaces are available at the center, 1,400 of which are located in a bright, modern, two-level underground parking garage. An additional 200 parking spaces are located directly next to the building. ALEJA is also very well connected to the city's public transport network.
As soon as government regulations allow, the first and largest Planet Lollipop children's world in Slovenia will open at ALEJA. Planet Lollipop offers well-supervised playtime opportunities, fun, and activities for children up to 10 years of age and older.