Riga, 11 January 2019
On 12 January 2019, Multi Corporation and Linstow Center Management (LCM) celebrated the topping out of the extension of Alfa shopping centre in Riga. The extension will add 30,000 sqm to Alfa shopping centre, taking the total area to more than 100,000 sqm and increasing the number of tenants to 250 from the current 170. It will be opened for visitors in autumn this year. The second new building, a multi-storey car park, increased the number of parking spots by 500 to 1660 and has been open to the public since December of last year.
Patrick van Dooyeweert CDO/CIO Multi Corporation: “We are very pleased that construction is progressing so well, and we are convinced that Alfa shopping centre, which already attracts more than eight million visitors a year, will increase its footfall once the extension is open for business. We are also planning to renovate the existing Alfa shopping centre and creating a seamless connection to the new extension. Once all of this completed, Alfa will truly be fit for the future.”
Linstow Center Management Chairman of the Board Frode Grønvold: “We’re very proud of the work done to date. The builders, building supervisors and designers have done a truly outstanding job, and I’m delighted that today we can enjoy the Rafter Celebration for Alfa’s spacious new extension. This extension adds another 30,000 sqm for our visitors, including the new car park. And gives us the opportunity to offer an even wider range of brands, entertainment options and new surprises. And yes, we will be proud to strengthen Alfa’s position as the leading shopping centre in Latvia!”
New brands and restaurant area
The expansion of Alfa shopping centre includes a new three-storey extension, with a special restaurant area on the top floor spanning almost 6,500 sqm, where visitors will be able to dine at newly-opened restaurants such as LIDO, Vairāk Saules, BabyBack Ribs & BBQ and Galleria d’Arte. At the same time, the shopping centre’s current popular restaurants, such as Gan Bei City, Čili Pica and Double Coffee, will all be reopened. The first two floors of the new building will offer fashion stores such as Zara, Bershka, Pull&Bear, Sportland, City Men & Women, Reserved and Mohito, while the expansion will also offer new stores, including Zara Home, Massimo Dutti, Stradivarius, Oysho, House, Cropp, Sinsay and Moskito. The third floor will also delight younger visitors, who will be able to enjoy the use of a special 500 sqm entertainment zone for kids. On top of this, visitors who enjoy an active lifestyle will be able to take advantage of the 1,700 sqm My Fitness sports club. Meanwhile, Alfa’s existing multiplex cinema is also planning a total upgrade.
Upgrade landscaping, amenities and parking capacity
The Alfa extension includes a major landscaping upgrade, including the creation of a green park, where visitors will be able to relax and enjoy a high-quality environment. Alfa will also be adding new amenities, such as baby changing and feeding facilities and family restrooms. Visitors who arrive by car will also benefit from convenient access to the shopping centre, and the addition of a new underground car park, as well as additional car parking facilities, which will increase the total parking capacity to 2,000 cars. The project also includes the addition of convenient bike parking facilities.
Architects and construction company
TTDesign, Multi Corporation’s in-house design group, is responsible for the concept of the extension and the design of the interior. SIA Sarma & Norde Arhitekti is responsible for the architecture and the technical execution of the project. Forma 2 will carry out the technical supervision of the extension and renovation, while Merks, one of the leading construction companies in Latvia, is responsible for the construction.