Gare St. Lazare, © SNCF-AREP, photo by M. Vigneau
Gare St. Lazare, © SNCF-AREP, photo by M. Vigneau
 

23 Mar. 2012

PARIS: GARE SAINT-LAZARE OPENS NEW SHOPPING MALL

After ten years of restoration, the French railway company SNCF inaugurated the newly designed and amplified Gare St. Lazare in Paris. The second biggest railway station in France, with 450,000 travellers passing through each day, was built in the 19th century and is situated in the heart of the French capital. The surrounding shopping area sees 37 million visitors per year, promising SNCF a great profit from their newly installed retail area of 10,000 sqm with 80 stores.
 
The station's shopping area, which now has five floors, contains sections devoted to food, fashion, culture, beauty and other services. The biggest stores are Esprit, covering over 1,130 sqm, Virgin Megastore with 965 sqm and Carrefour City with 550 sqm. The shops are situated in an arcaded sidewalk under a glass roof giving natural day light to the entire space.
 
The 10,000 sqm retail area offers 80 stores. © SNCF-AREP, photo by M. Vigneau.
The 10,000 sqm retail area offers 80 stores. © SNCF-AREP, photo by M. Vigneau.


Guillaume Pepy, president of SNCF, remarked: “In the 20th century, commerce was organized with cars and parking possibilities in mind. Today commerce has regrouped itself around trains and railway stations.” The complete investment took 250 million Euro to complete, 160 million of which French real estate investor Klépierre overtook. The project's architect was Jean-Marie Duthilleul.
 
Barbara Markert

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