IKEA’s shopping malls arm Ingka Centres, part of the Ingka Group, has acquired the Italie Deux shopping center together with the recent high-street extension ItaliK and the neighbouring office complex Apollo in Paris.
All three assets will be united into Ingka Centres’ first urban meeting place in France. Sustainability will be at the forefront in line with Ingka Centres’ ambition to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2030.
The mixed-use property, located at Place d’Italie in the heart of a densely populated district, has a strong mix of flagship retail, leisure and dining options that attract more than 11 million visitors annually. Current retail tenants include Zara, Sephora and Carrefour, alongside a 1,000-seat theatre, Le 13ème Art, offering an exciting cultural scene in Paris.
Strong public transport links – with 3 metro lines – and 1,500 parking spaces, make it easily accessible for the 2.2 million people who live close by. Within easy walking distance there are an abundance of international headquarters while the nearby Paris Rive Gauche district is home to 15,000 residents, 50,000 workers, and 30,000 students.
Cindy Andersen, Ingka Centres’ Managing Director, said: “Paris is famous for its unique vibe that brings people together and inspires great ideas. Italie Deux is one of the premier retail destinations in Paris, known for its mix of shopping, food and culture, and we are excited to continue to develop its offer with an affordable, sustainable range of destination retail, culinary experiences and amenities to help our partners and communities to thrive.”
The new Meeting Place will incorporate the Apollo office complex, which once refurbished will provide approximately 18,000 sqm of state-of-the-art office space spread over nine levels with outdoor and rooftop gastronomy spaces as well as social areas, terraces and even urban agriculture areas expected to supply cafeterias and restaurants.
Cindy Andersen continued: “Vibrant leisure and retail spaces close to the workplace are now seen as an essential element of the employer offer. We’re excited to bring Apollo and Italie Deux together as a united space for Parisiens to shop, work, and play and enjoy everyday life in sustainable ways.”
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