Well-known sneaker store Snipes opens its first Belgian premises
The famous and trendy sneaker store Snipes will open its first Belgian store on 21 December, in Antwerp’s Stadsfeestzaal. This immediately demonstrates that large retailers still favour the Meir in Antwerp, despite diversions at the Leien. Also remarkable is that other large international brands, such as H&M and Urban Outfitters, opened a store there this year or have renewed their lease. This has been reported by Group Hugo Ceusters-SCMS, the Antwerp real estate giant looking after the commercial leasing of Antwerp’s Stadsfeestzaal.
Snipes, the famous clothes store specialising in streetwear, sneakers and other accessories, already has sites in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Italy and even three in the Netherlands. However, until now the store had premises in our country. Using Antwerp’s real estate manager Group Hugo Ceusters-SCMS, it will now be opening its very first Belgian branch on 21 December, and not surprisingly in Antwerp’s Stadsfeestzaal - the prestigious shopping centre on the Meir in Antwerp. The international brand will be taking over 466 square metres, formerly occupied by the clothes store Pimkie.
In fact, it is no surprise that Snipes has chosen the Meir. In 2017, Antwerp’s Stadsfeestzaal increasingly featured on the wish list of international retailers, despite diversions at the Leien and other major mobility work. Indeed, three weeks ago Weekday opened a store measuring 752 square metres, while American Urban Outfitters renewed its lease for the coming years.
“This demonstrates how keen large international companies are to be present on the Meir. Retailers are not frightened by all the work going on in Antwerp and seize the opportunity the moment their dream building becomes available.” Axel Ceusters, managing director Group Hugo Ceusters-SCMS
With rent reaching 1,950 euros per square metre, the Meir is this year’s most expensive shopping street in Belgium. This shopping street in Antwerp has therefore now surpassed its competitors, the Nieuwstraat and Louizalaan in Brussels, for the first time. Following a number of more challenging years, Antwerp’s Stadsfeestzaal is now once again able to boast some fine figures. Last year, the shopping centre attracted over 6 million visitors, as many as in the early years of its success.