What role do the Swiss visitors play?
The nearest border crossing at Tayngen is only a few kilometers away. For cross-border trade, this crossing is the second strongest after Basel. So proximity to Switzerland is highly decisive. Above all, however, Singen has a sensational centrality rating of just under 190, which is an insane figure! From Zurich it is only about 40 minutes by car.
Is it particularly attractive for the Swiss to shop here?
Generally speaking, the Swiss find it much cheaper to shop in Germany, especially clothing and especially perfume and drugstore items. Also food, high-quality meat and high-quality wines. Income in Switzerland is almost twice as high as in Germany. But not only the price is favorable for the Swiss. They also benefit significantly from tax refunds.
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What else distinguishes Singen as a location?
There are many aspects. For one thing, from a developer's point of view: If we develop a project like this, we want to keep and manage it sustainably for the next 30 to 40 years. That means we look: Where is the best location in the city? We have undoubtedly found it in Singen. We are located directly opposite the train station, which is currently being completely redesigned. The new bus station is right outside the door. And the Cano is also easy to reach by car. Singen is the only city in the Lake Constance area with excellent freeway connections.
Another important location advantage: the city is home to many large employers, such as Maggi or Takeda, a large Japanese pharmaceutical group that is currently expanding. The aluminum and steel industry is based in Singen. There are also many suppliers and service providers. The Singen car mile is also legendary. So in short - Singen is the large industrial city in the region.
What impulses does the new Cano provide?
With the Cano Center, we have created an attractive marketplace in the city center. You can already see the initial impetus the shopping center has given the city. Not just the upgrading of the station forecourt or the pedestrian zone. The Cano will once again massively enhance the entire city and put it in a different light. The entire pedestrian zone will be redesigned and upgraded. New greenery, new stone pavements. Something is happening now. Of course there is always a bit of regional rivalry with constancy. Constance has charm and flair, old building structure and the location on the lake. Singen, on the other hand, can score points with its much better accessibility and has always been the big shopping city.