New retail park opens in Ninove

Tim Harrup

European convenience real estate investor Mitiska REIM, with its headquarters in Belgium, has announced the opening at the beginning of this week of of ‘Ninouter’, a retail park with a CO2-neutral building in Ninove, 30 kilometres west of Brussels. This new retail park has a gross leasable area of 10,300 m2 and comprises 6 stores, food-anchored by Jumbo and Lidl supermarkets, with other tenants JBC, Exterioo, JYSK and Molders providing a mix of everyday household items. Ninouter retail park is located close to the N8 main road which leads to Brussels and is a relatively short drive from the E 40 Ostend-Brussels-Liège motorway. It provides 320 parking spaces and covered bicycle stands.

Designed to achieve a ‘Very Good’ score on the BREEAM in-use scale, Mitiska says that Ninouter incorporates a number of sustainability initiatives to give it the status of a CO2-neutral building in operation. The entire roof area is covered by 2,500 solar panels which have the capacity to generate 1.2 MWp, equivalent to the electricity consumption of 300 families and leading to annual savings of more than 350 tonnes of CO2. Charging points are provided for electric vehicles and LED lighting is used throughout the retail park. Rainwater is collected and used by the shops and parking spaces are designed to be permeable to allow rainwater to be buffered.

Jan Du Bois, Investment Director of Mitiska REIM, comments:“ We are proud to open another retail park with CO2-neutral credentials and to also bring new shopping infrastructure to the city of Ninove. As consumers have become more time-poor, they have also become more value-oriented in their shopping and are increasingly choosing retail parks for their daily convenience needs. We expect the combination of convenience, essential shopping and value for money offered by Ninouter to be very popular and expect to attract one million visitors annually to the retail park.