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June 11, 2008   
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Big Plans for Włocławek

Developer Budizol Property is planning a new retail, leisure and residential complex on the site of a former ceramics factory in the center of Włocławek. The Wzorcownia complex, the first of its kind in the city, is slated for completion in the third quarter of 2009 and will comprise a shopping center, leisure and entertainment facilities and two residential buildings with shops and services on the ground floor. Real estate agency King Sturge is responsible for Wzorcownia rentals and sales.

The Wzorcownia project is the latest stage in a major initiative to redevelop the center of Włocławek, following the construction of the CH City retail and leisure center, which has a multi-screen Multikino cinema, a Kaufland supermarket, a number of well-known stores, loft apartments, parking for over 300 cars and a fuel station. Visitors will be easily able to get from one complex to the other. The Wzorcownia complex will have at its heart a market square called Plac Grodzki. It is expected that over 5,000 people will cross the square each day on their way from the train and bus stations to the center of the city at Plac Wolno¶ci. The new shopping center will have stores belonging to well-known brands and underground parking. Recreation facilities will include a bowling alley, fitness club, restaurants and coffee shops.

The two complexes will cover a total area of eight hectares and provide some 100 retail and service stores in the heart of the city.

Revamp for Historic Renoma Store
Renoma, one of best-known department stores in Wrocław, southwestern Poland, is undergoing a major revamp and expansion that will see it acquire a new wing and new tenants. The framework of the new building is already up. It will open to customers next spring.

Renoma, formerly known as the Wertheim department store, was designed by architect Hermann Dernburg. It opened on ¦widnicka Street in 1930. It was widely admired as the most modern store of the time.

After World War II, the store remained a popular shopping destination, attracting hundreds of Wrocław residents seeking products unavailable elsewhere. In a poll, city residents later decided to name the store Renoma ("renown"). It was listed in a register of historical buildings as an outstanding work of European modernism.

The renovation work is expected to restore the historical building to its former glory while bringing it up to the standards of a modern shopping gallery. The investor, Centrum Development & Investments SA (CDI), invited Wrocław's Pracownia Projektowa Maćków and London's Benoy firm to produce the designs, together with the Arup firm.

The facility will have total area of nearly 100,000 sq m, with shopping space of 31,000 sq m. The building's two connected wings will accommodate more than 120 stores and boutiques on five levels. "Renoma in its new form will preserve the historical heritage of an exclusive department store, combining tradition and modernity, while ensuring top standards," said Tomasz P. Chenczke, president of CDI.

So far, 70 percent of the shopping space has been leased under contracts and letters of intent. Renoma stores will include popular brands, already familiar to Wrocław residents, as well as many newcomers to the Polish market and the city.
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