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June 2023

SEE-Markets – Markets with Potential, but only for realists

The Balkan region is one of the most dynamic in the European Shopping-Center industry these days and a great opportunity for investors. This ACROSS Special highlights the region’s strengths, weaknesses, and current developments.

Mauro Abruzzese is an Italian retail and shopping center expert who develops projects in Kosovo for OCM International. In this interview, the CEO and Managing Director explains how the individual SEE markets are developing, what makes them different, what the local consumers are like, and what investors should consider before entering the market.

Learn about the potential! Country Profiles for Albania, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo and North Macedonia.

The BALFIN Group is the largest shopping center developer and operator in Albania and North Macedonia and is one of the most important groups in the Western Balkans region. As one of the leading investment groups in Southeastern Europe, the Group’s Vice President of Retail, Julian Mane, spoke with ACROSS about the region’s strengths, weaknesses, and current developments.

“Through constant innovation, we can remain at the forefront of the industry and maintain our commitment to adding value to our clients’ assets,” said Cristina Santos. The Managing Director of Property Management of Sonae Sierra talked to ACROSS founder Reinhard Winiwarter about the Prishtina Mall management contract.

BEO Shopping Center is a best practice example of how to create a meaningful identity for a shopping center. What used to be a ruined factory has become a real community center and an award-winning shopping destination. Nemanja Bućinac, Retail Leasing Director MPC Properties, gives a unique overview of BEO Shopping Center.