Martinlaakso Shopping Centre held its topping-out party on 7 September. Citycon started the construction of this new shopping ce, 2011-09-07 13:40 CEST (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
 Martinlaakso Shopping Centre will significantly increase and diversify the services on offer in Martinlaakso. The new centre, with a gross leasable area of 7,300 square metres and parking facilities for 420 cars, will open to the public in December.


 Michael Schönach, executive vice president of Finnish Operations, spoke at the topping-out party. He stresses the importance of developing the suburbs. Many suburban shopping centres are badly outdated, but they usually have an excellent, central location. Citycon is developing another neighbourhood shopping centre at Myllypuro, in east Helsinki. Both projects are being developed on the land where previous, outdated shopping centres have been demolished. “If it were up to us, there will be more projects like this in the future. It’s a sustainable way to operate, since day-to-day services don´t drift away somewhere else, accessible only by car,” says Schönach. 


 The services on offer at the new Martinlaakso Shopping Centre will mainly focus on groceries and other products for everyday needs and daily routines, as well as local services. The new centre will host, for instance, a pharmacy, S-market and Lidl grocery stores, Cafe Picnic and Kan Cafe, Hok-Elanto restaurant, an R-kioski and the Martinlaakson Kukka-Aitta florist. Other tenants include Sampo Bank, a RAY Potti arcade, Nissen Opticians, Beauty Hair Sirpa Mansner and Hiusikkuna hair salons, Clean Kalle cleaning company, Martinlaakson Autopesu carwash, the beautician services provider Bella Nails. Tiimari, Filmtown, a gym, a dentist and real estate agencies Myyrmäen kodit and Parhaat Kodit are also locating in the centre.


 New apartments will be built above the shopping centre; Citycon having sold the related building rights to Skanska Talonrakennus Oy. They will be ready in early 2012.


 Martinlaakso in Vantaa is a lively and growing suburb within the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, just 20 minutes by rail from central Helsinki.


 Further information: Susanne Ahonen, Shopping Centre Manager, tel. +358 40 704 5533,