In this context, a larger retail area will also be converted into a parking garage with 240 parking spaces, thus noticeably increasing the convenience of daily shopping. The reconstruction measures are scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2023 and are expected to be completed by the end of 2024. According to current plans, the new ALDI Nord branch will open in early 2025. The Leine-Center Laatzen is operated by Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) Germany and owned by CBRE Investment Management.
The center covers an area of more than 40,000 sq m and around 80 stores are spread over two levels. An extensive range of restaurants and cafés as well as rest areas and fountains complete the varied tenant mix.
Christian Zimmermann, Director of Asset Management at Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield in Germany, says: “This project and the arrival of ALDI Nord are essential steps towards positioning Leine-Center even more strongly as an important local supply center in the city and also making it ready for the future.”
Tim Mayer, Head of Asset Management Retail, CBRE Investment Management, adds: “With the refurbishment, Leine-Center is developing into a central local supply center on the southern periphery of Hanover.”
Laatzen: A city on the move
The revitalization of Leine-Center fits in with the restructuring of Laatzen-Mitte. For example, Marktstrasse on the east side of the shopping center was recently completely redesigned. Further construction measures are in the planning stage, such as the new building of the Laatzen town hall: The city will erect a modern new administrative building on the market square by 2024. The demolition of the old town hall will also eliminate the current access to the center. The design of the public areas between the new entrance to be built and the new town hall will be carried out in close coordination between the city of Laatzen and Leine-Center.
Axel Grüning, City Council of Laatzen, says: “I am very pleased that the close coordination between Leine-Center and the city administration on the revitalization of the center and the new construction of the city hall is now coming to fruition.”