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Credit: FIM Unternehmensgruppe
Credit: FIM Unternehmensgruppe


The city of Bamberg has approved the development plan for the LEZ 14 shopping center on the “Am Laubanger” site. Thus the green light has been given to the FIM Group to convert the former retail park into a modern shopping center. The tenant mix of around 7,100 sq m of retail space includes Lidl, Rossmann, TK Maxx, Media Markt and Der Beck. The opening is planned for the first quarter of 2023.

“The legally binding development plan for LEZ 14 marks the official start of the sustainable transformation leading to a modern shopping center,” explains Jan Lerke, Managing Director of the FIM Group. “The architectural redesign and tenant mix of food retail, drugstore supplies, electronics, fashion and home accessories from the off-price range, as well as a bakery, will ensure a revitalization of the retail location in the Hallstadt industrial park.”

Spanning the borders of Bamberg and Hallstadt, the decentralized retail location forms the largest contiguous shopping area in Bavaria. Of a total area of 150,000 sq m, 60,000 sq m are allotted to the world heritage city of Bamberg.

Media Markt occupies the largest sales area with 2,500 sq m (2,965 sq m of it being the leasable area), while TK Maxx extends to around 1,400 sq m. The Lidl store with around 1,300 sq m of sales area will receive an extension of around 400 sq m.

Energy measures include the new insulation of the flat roof, two large-scale photovoltaic systems and the replacement of the shop window front with high thermal values. As ecological compensation for sealed surfaces, the greening will be expanded in coordination with the city and at the suggestion of the Building and Works Senate. This mainly concerns the central parking lot, where the quality of greenery will improve, as well as unused roof areas and a facade. A total of 780 parking spaces for cars, 50 parking spaces for bicycles and 30 for cargo bikes are available.

The developer and investor FIM has brought forward a number of works on the basis of existing building permits, so that the opening of LEZ 14 can take place as early as the first quarter of 2023. The construction of the annex has already started in May 2022, the other areas will be produced in the next months. “With the redesign of the façade, LEZ 14 will have a modern appearance and energy standards that do justice to a contemporary and sustainable shopping center,” says Lerke.