Mons : Les Grands Prés
In Mons, the capital of the Hainaut province, City Mall built a shopping centre of 100,000 sq. m. after extensions. It is situated close to the town’s historical centre and train station. ‘Les Grands Prés’ is a logical enhancement to the ‘Doudou’ city with its Carrefour hypermarket, its large cinema of 14 screens, its multi-purpose hall, its science museum, its 400 housing units and 2,800 parking spaces. The creation of the shopping centre led to the creation of 850 new jobs, with an additional 150 in the town centre. These new jobs are a consequence, amongst other things, of Foruminvest’/City Mall’s housing policy: indeed, the sum of €20 million went towards the renovation of buildings in the town centre and incentives for young shop holders to set up business in Mons.
Development : IKEA and retail park
Last February, IKEA opened in Mons with a Retail Park of 10.000 sq.m. specialised in home equipment. For the first time in Belgium, IKEA is associated with a shopping center; the store occupies 35,000 sq.m. and creates 350 jobs.
Thanks to a meaningful and insightful redesign Les Grands Prés is now the bigger commercial development in Belgium and stays on the top of the shopping center both at the Belgian and European level.