New retail park opens in Gembloux

Tim Harrup

At the beginning of last week, Mitiska REIM, announced the opening of a new retail park development, 'Quartier Enee' in Gembloux. The new retail park features 11 units with a gross leasable area of 17,157m2. Anchored by a Lidl supermarket, other tenants include Aveve, JYSK, La Foir’Fouille, Vanden Borre, Vanden Borre Kitchen, Maxi Zoo and a McDonald’s restaurant. Also onsite and opening this summer will be three leisure brands, KoJump, Mi12 Fun Center and an indoor Offside football.

Mitiska goes on to say that the Quartier Enee site is conveniently located along the main road that enters the city, and is easily accessible by car, bicycle, bus and foot, and offers free parking for 600 cars and 120 bicycles. The retail park is part of a larger mixed-use convenience real estate development of 27,000m2 that includes SME units and office space developed by LCV Real Estate.

Developed on a former brownfield industrial wasteland, the site has been transformed into a modern, sustainable development, with environmental initiatives that include the restoration of an original stream and semi-wetlands and the conservation of native orchid species onsite. The retail park has been designed to be CO2 neutral and is targeting a ‘Very Good’ rating on the BREEAM scale. Other sustainability initiatives planned include the installation of solar panels and green roofs on the complex.

Bram Thomas, Mitiska REIM’s Managing Director for Belgium, the Netherlands & France, comments: “Quartier Enee brings an attractive new, diversified and sustainable commercial and leisure offering to the city of Gembloux. This latest retail park joins our portfolio of four other retail parks in Belgium, located in the cities of Mechelen, Wavre, Ninove and Couvin, representing a total gross leasable area of 76,500m2. We believe the targeted locations, diversified tenant mix and sustainable approach, in combination with the resilience of the Belgian economy, will continue to drive strong performance across the portfolio.