Jobs boost as largest shopping centre opens

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ZENIA BOULEVARD: Last-minute preparations under way last week.


ZENIA Boulevard, the largest shopping centre in Alicante Province, is open for business. The official inauguration took place on Tuesday before opening to the public yesterday (Wednesday 26 Sept.) with stores including Leroy Merlin, Decathlon, Alcampo, H&M, C&A and Primark opening their doors for the first time.  A large food court as well as a casino, gym and bowling alley also make up part of Zenia Boulevard’s 24,000 square metres of retail park space.

The shopping mall, which has taken some years to come to fruition, is owned by Immochan, one of the leading European companies developing, owning and operating shopping centres. They have 12,000 retail partners with 300 shopping centres in 12 different countries.

Their commitment to the region, despite the economic crisis can only be seen as a positive thing, providing 1,800 direct jobs on the Orihuela Costa with more than 1,000 other employees having already worked on the construction of Zenia Boulevard.

The first stone was laid in March last year and the project has a reported investment of around €200 million, but will bring much revenue to the region. Immochan’s Managing Director Valentin Serrano said the company is proud of the shopping mall and has worked hard to design a centre sympathetic to its surroundings, which will be a meeting point and leisure space as well as a shopping centre.

Committed to the environment, Immochan is using ambitious state-of-the-art technology to ensure sustainability. For those wanting to visit Zenia Boulevard, it is easily accessible from the AP-7 motorway at La Zenia and has 5,000 free parking spaces.

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