Carrefour in Bourgas
Europe's biggest retail chain by sales Carrefour will open a store in the Galeria Plovdiv shopping mall, now under construction, Stroitelstvo Gradut weekly reported on December 14 2009.
Earlier in December, Carrefour representatives signed the contract with Galeria Plovdiv owners, the report said. This will be the latest phase of expansion of Carrefour in Bulgaria, following the launching of their first site of operations in the Bourgas Plaza. More stores are planned to open in Sofia, Varna, Rousse, Stara Zagora, Pleven and Dobrich.
According to Diana Borlakova, marketing director of Galeria Plovdiv, Carrefour signed a lease for 10 800 sq m in the mall.
"We are in talks with another big firm, who are interested a deal here in Plovdiv as they are convinced of the good location of the shopping mall," Stefan Kossev, managing partner of Regent's Property Advisors, told Stroitelstvo Gradut.
Galeria Plovdiv is on the eastern outskirts of Plovdiv, with a total area built area of 127 000 sq m, of which 43 000 sq m are available for rent. Furthermore, there will be some 8000 sq m available for office space and a parking lot with a 1300 vehicle capacity.
Carrefour opened its first hypermarket at the end of March 2009 in Bulgaria's second largest Black Sea city of Bourgas. The first Carrefour hypermarket in Sofia is expected to open in February 2010 on the Tsarigradsko Chaussee Boulevard.