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Topping out ceremony for new "Food Garden" at the Main-Taunus-Zentrum

Just a few months after the start of construction, ECE Marketplaces - together with the builders, representatives of the center owners, the mayor of Sulzbach and the tenant partners - celebrated the topping out ceremony for the new "Food Garden" in the Main-Taunus-Zentrum in Sulzbach near Frankfurt am Main. The implementation of the new gastronomic offer in one of the largest, highest-turnover and most successful shopping centers in Germany for decades is thus progressing rapidly. The opening is planned for spring 2025.

New gastronomy offer - already fully let early on

In the middle of the open-air shopping center in Sulzbach near Frankfurt am Main, the "Food Garden" will create a new, lively center with a high-quality, varied range of restaurants with five free-standing restaurant buildings with partly covered and partly open terraces, attractive green outdoor areas and sophisticated architecture. The new buildings are also being constructed with a special focus on sustainability and are being built entirely from wood, a renewable raw material.

The "Food Garden" is already fully let more than a year before it opens: Well-known concepts such as the restaurant concept "Alex", the pizza and pasta concept "L'Osteria" and the steakhouse concept "The Ash" have profited as new anchor tenants in the gastronomy sector. Several other well-known regional restaurant concepts complement the high-quality tenant mix, including the Frankfurt restaurant concept "MoschMosch", which was developed in the style of the Japanese noodle bar.

Example of the flexibility and adaptability of shopping centers

The aim of the strategic further development is to supplement the premium tenant mix with an extensive range of dining options, thereby further increasing the quality of stay and dwell time in the Main-Taunus-Zentrum and creating additional incentives for visitors. At the same time, the development of the "Food Garden" is a good example of the flexibility and adaptability of shopping centers: the new gastronomy concept is being created on an area of around 9,000 m² and with a total rental space of 4,000 m² in place of a former Karstadt department store, which was closed in 2020 and subsequently demolished and is now being replaced by a new usage concept adapted to the needs of the center and its customers as well as to the structural changes in the retail sector.

Deutsche EuroShop and a closed-end Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) are investing around 28 million euros in the Project as owners. ECE Marketplaces, which is also responsible for the operation and leasing of the center, is in charge of planning and implementation

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