Con un comunicato ufficiale sul proprio sito ( http://www.multi.eu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=229&catid=39&layout=press ) la Multi Development ha annunciato che il 25 Novembre 2009 sarà il primo giorno di apertura del primo e più grande centro commerciale di Palermo: Forum Palermo.
Ecco il comunicato (in lingua originale)
On Tuesday 17 November, Gloria Gaynor (“I will survive”) will perform live in concert at Palermo’s Politeama theatre.
Multi is donating the show to the city of Palermo to kick off a spectacular week of events leading up to the opening of its third and biggest retail scheme in Italy. Gloria Gaynor’s concert is organized by Multi and sponsored by the municipal authorities. It will also raise funds for the Onlus Piera Cutina, which is active in the research and prevention of Cooley’s disease (beta thalassaemia major).
Forum Palermo VIP Gala opening will be held on 24 November evening and the public opening is on 25 November at 10 am.
Forum Palermo is a 55,000 m² GLA shopping center anchored by a 13,500 m² Ipercoop hypermarket, a 9,150 m² stand alone D-I-Y anchor and includes the renovation of two existing buildings. The site is excellently located close to the motorway connecting Palermo to Messina and Trapani and adjacent to a railway station. About 3,000 parking spaces will be available, with over 2,500 for the shopping center.
Investment totals €225 million and will directly provide over 900 new jobs and significant new indirect employment thus boosting the city economy. The catchment area covers over 1 million people who live within 30 minutes drive.
Forum Palermo will host an impressive mix of international, national and local brands in 124 units, with anchors such as Mediaworld, H&M, Cisalfa, Conbipel, New Yorker, Piazza Italia and Scarpe & Scarpe. A 7–screens UCI cinema will open in Spring 2010 and the stand-alone anchor, Leroy Merlin, will open in Autumn 2010.
The project is designed by Multi’s T+T Design, Gouda, The Netherlands, Progetto CMR and Lombardini 22. It is a closed scheme featuring state-of-the art architecture perfectly woven into the surrounding environment. With strong sustainability features and iconic design, Forum Palermo brings a totally new retail and leisure experience to Sicily.