Mons : Les Grands Prés
In Mons, the capital of the Hainaut province, City Mall built a shopping centre of 45,000 sq. m. 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.