EPERIA has also hosted a variety of cultural, educational and sporting events over the past year, which perfectly complement the city’s offer of activities. EPERIA’s position as the ideal place for shopping, and a cultural and social hub, confirms the steadily rising footfall of 3.5 million visitors and counting.
“With EPERIA, we have brought to Prešov a regional retail center with a distinctly local flavor and global design. The full regional retail center shopping experience – an advantageous retail mix of brands and services that sought an opportunity to take advantage of the center’s scalability,”said Peter Píš, Senior Director, Head of Leasing J&T REAL ESTATE.
Second phase underway
The successful first year has confirmed the investor’s plans to extend the center. The second phase will bring a further 10 000 sq m, 200 extra parking spaces, and the shopping mall’s own bus stop and is planned to open in autumn 2020.The plan includes a fitness center, a major international fashion brand as well as other well-known local and international brands, a cinema, and a drive-in fast food outlet. EPERIA’s planned extension will be complemented by other nearby commercial constructions. The Sekčov Zone–which is Prešov’s primary shopping destination–is set to expand with the addition of a major retailer supplying furniture and hobby needs.
EPERIA – a shopping center of supra-regional significance
Prešov’s 91,000 residents makes it the third-largest Slovak city, and EPERIA is the biggest shopping center in the region. Its prime location has a catchment area of 330,000 people in north-east Slovakia. EPERIA provides Prešov with almost 100 shops and renowned fashion brands such as H&M, C&A, Lindex, New Yorker, Guess and PEPE Jeans, A3 Sport, ECCO, EXIsport, and CCC. There’s also a new concept, Fresh Supermarket, and a number of eating and drinking options, including Café Dias, La Cubanita, Sedliacky dvor, and the completely new Šariš Pub restaurant concept. Visitors also have mobile operators such as Telekom, Orange and O2 conveniently on hand, as well as Slovenská sporiteľna, Tatra banka and Poštová banka financial services. In January 2019, Slovak Post will open a branch and on its first anniversary the center welcomed attractive brands such as Tchibo, Protetika, Flying Tiger Copenhagen, and Betty Barclay.
EPERIA has redefined benchmarks in numerous areas. Emphasis was placed on transport and mobility solutions: the center’s entrances optimize pedestrian flow from parking areas, as well as paths and cycling routes. EPERIA is the first building in Prešov – and the first shopping center outside Bratislava – to be awarded the BREEAM sustainability certificate. The shopping center’s popular two-floor central atrium is the perfect place for cultural and public events, as well as family activities with kids. At the new Möbelix Business Zone – fully equipped with electrical connections and Wi-Fi – visitors can conveniently combine business meetings with shopping pleasure, and quickly recharge mobile phones and notebooks. In warmer months, the summer terrace is a popular place to meet and relax.