The third birthday of the shopping centre in South-West Poland marked by substantial performance figures.Meyer Bergman, owner of Galeria Katowicka, released performance figures including 23 new and renewed leasing deals, 13 new brands, and a new loyalty and CSR systems this year alone.
The 511,286 sq ft (47,500 m2) Galeria Katowicka opened in September 2013 as part of Katowice’s programme to regenerate its city centre. 800,000 visitors came to the centre within the first few months after opening and now reaches between 1.2 and 1.3 million visitors each month. In the three years to date the centre has welcomed 38.5 million customers, and the forthcoming Christmas season is set to attract over 1.5 million customers per month with footfall estimated to reach over 14.5 million at the end of 2016.
Sales have grown consistently year on year with an increase of +22% in 2015 and is currently showing a marked increase of like of like sales of +14% in the year to date.
The centre offers retail space that has direct access to the city’s main railway station as well as the recently opened bus station. Planning permission was granted in July 2016 to extend the retail offer by 53,819 sq ft (5,000 sq m) and build 215,278 sq ft (20,000 sq m) of office space. Galeria Katowicka currently has over 200 stores, restaurants and cafés including Peek & Cloppenburg, TK Maxx, Multikino, Zara, Pull & Bear, Bershka, C&A, Reserved, Euro, Douglas, and Tiger. It also has a 10 screen multiplex Multikino room Xtreme - the most modern in Poland, equipped with a sound system Dolby Atmos.
New brands introduced to the centre in the last 12 months include Matras with a new format multimedia of 5,381 sq ft (500 sq m); You Dessert It cafe taking 285 sq ft (26 sq m); and Martes Sportswear with a 10,763 sq ft (1,000 sq m) store. Meanwhile, Galeria Katowicka’s offer for young children has also been significantly strengthened with additions such as 5.10.15, Reporter Young, Kreatywne Maluchy by Kleoo, a Fit4Kids playground and Iskra dance school to broaden the scheme’s family appeal.
The centre is expected to be 100% fully let by the end of the year.