After the technical inspection was successfully completed at the beginning of August and the use permit was obtained, preparations for the grand opening of the first Croatian shopping center of the new generation, planned for August 26, are coming to an end. The opening of more than five hundred new jobs is not the only thing that the people of Zagreb can be satisfied with. In the finals, the center will offer a completely new concept of openness to the outside, which will give residents of city districts, especially those from the western part of the city, a new place with facilities that no one in the region has realized so far. The facility has therefore already won the ‘European Property Awards 2020-2021’ in the category of the best commercial real estate project in Croatia.
Two children's playgrounds, a sports field on the roof and an outdoor heated square that connects the shopping center ‘North’ and the retail park ‘South’, are just some of the special features of the Z center - a mega facility in which more than 620 million kuna has been invested so far. This concept will contribute to the growth of the quality of life of the local population because, as they say in the architectural studio PULS-AR that designed the building, a particularly attractive and spacious central square should become a central meeting place for residents of the surrounding settlements and the location of many events. More than 60 stores will be located on more than 75,000 square meters of gross lease area (GLA) in Zagreb's Špansko district, and the occupancy of the center is 90%.
Apart from the fact that many can't wait to see what the new generation shopping center will look like, the citizens of Zagreb are most interested in how it is that the new center opens right next to the existing facilities of the same or similar purpose.
‘When deciding on the location of the Z center, the data of the Central Bureau of Statistics prevailed, according to which more than 350,000 people live within a radius of 15 minutes drive from the facility. If we add up the neighborhoods of the western part of Zagreb, we come to a large number of families with children, which gave us the opportunity to provide them, as well as those in the area, with new facilities and activities. This is especially true of the large number of young members of Generation Z, of which we have approximately 30,000 - definitely eager for positive changes and new opportunities in the immediate environment, 'explained Maja Medunović, manager of the Z Center.
According to her, vital indices show that among all Zagreb's districts, Novi Zagreb and Stenjevec have the most young families. Therefore, the location of the new shopping center was chosen excellently connected to Spain. For the tenants within the building, those who were mostly not present in the area were selected - all in order to provide a variety of offers to the local population.
Among the large number of well-known world brands, many of which have the largest square footage of their stores in the Z Center, the LPP Group's fashion brands stand out, now gathered in one place: Mohito, Reserved, House, Cropp and Sinsay. Clothing and footwear will also be available in the branches of the CCC, Pepco, KiK and Intersport brands, and premium brands Prahir Fine Jewelery, De’llure, HETA and Optika Anda will be in charge of jewelry and fashion accessories.
The hypermarket of the tenant Plodine will be a branch of a modern sales concept, and the planned ‘Food court’ with 10 restaurants and modern coffee bars is part of the rich gastronomic and catering offer of the Z center. The ‘South’ retail park on the lower floor will offer a diverse range of home decoration stores as well as creative materials and textiles with brands such as TEDi, Jysk and Hespo. Farmacia, dm, Tinktura, Z House of beauty and Simple will have their branches in the Z center. One of the more interesting tenants of the Z center is the ‘Hall of Game’, the largest gaming arena in Zagreb, which will cover more than 1,400 square meters.
In addition to more than 1,300 planned parking spaces, the underground garage will house a free charging station for charging as many as eight electric cars with MOON chargers, a brand that will open the first regional branch for the sale of electric vehicle equipment in the Z center.
To the delight of more than 250 experts and construction workers who have been working on the construction since the end of December 2019, the preliminary works for the opening of the second part of the facility have already been completed. In addition to the grand opening at the end of August, at the end of October 2021, the opening of a large children's playroom with innovative content and a casino is planned, and all outdoor sports fields will be put into operation. Z Center also introduces a novelty on the Croatian market, a multi-brand store for men, which is also opening in the second phase, while a multiplex cinema will open in the future, the first of its kind in the western part of the city.
Exceptional earthquake construction of the main contractor Kamgrad, as well as the entire project, was made possible by Croatian capital and in cooperation with domestic companies. The first view that greets passengers at the western entrance to Zagreb will now no longer be started and never completed construction from past times, but an impressive facility built to the highest standards, to the satisfaction of the profession and the citizens of Zagreb and its visitors.