Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Plzeň Plaza opens

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Every time I returned to Czechia for a month in the summer, I could see some new things around. But the changes were not too fast: one year is not such a long time, from the viewpoint of the eternity. However, when they demolished the old exhibition center where "Ex Plzeň", a gastronomical fair, took place during socialism, I was kind of stunned.

It only took a few years for a new huge shopping mall combined with an entertainment center to emerge here. The location couldn't be better. When you say a "center of the city", it is often a vague concept. Not so in Pilsen: the center of Pilsen is defined to be the Cathedral of St Bartholomew in the middle of the Square of the Republic.

And the new Plzeň Plaza shopping mall is just 250 meters from the central square. They opened the mall at 5 p.m. and it is very luxurious and impressive. Certain western nations may seem a bit tired by capitalism. I think it is safe to say that the Czechs are not yet tired by it. ;)
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The project - 20,000 rentable squared meters (and 27,000 in total) was built almost in time. The speed is kind of amazing. To make it more exciting, the Israeli developer Plaza Centers sold the center to Ségécé a few days ago. It costs about CZK 1.2 billion (EUR = CZK 26.50).

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