CEE Retail Awards: eobuwie.pl sweeps the ceremony with a hattrick of prizes
11 February

Footwear Retailer eobuwie.pl has blazed its way through one of Central Eastern Europe’s top awards ceremonies.

In a significant boost to the retail real estate industry, the 12th edition of the annual EuropaProperty CEE Retail Awards, welcomed a record number of attendees, including over 100 retailers actively operating in the region.

The awards, held at the five-star Intercontinental Hotel Warsaw, brought together some 350 top real estate professionals from the major retail market sectors in the CEE region, and were selected by an international academy of jurors, comprised of senior industry professionals, who presided and deliberated over the eventual winners, representing some of the best commercial retail real estate companies operating in the CEE region for 2019.

The big winner on the night was eobuwie.pl collecting wins for Footwear Retailer, Best Retail Innovation and Overall Retailer of the Year. The company was recognised by the jury for its continued expansion, innovation and omni-channel presence in the CEE region.

Accentuating the strength and continued interest in the region’s retail sector, many key retailers were also awarded on the night. Other major winners for the retailer specific awards included: Newcomer SKECHERS, Online Retailer Zalando, F&B Retailer McDonald’s, Coffeeshop Retailer Green Caffé Nero, Fashion Retailer under 300 sqm Orsay, Fashion Retailer over 300 sqm Medicine Everyday Therapy, Fashion Retailer over 500 sqm KappAhl, Cosmetics Retailer Hebe, and Speciality Retailer Empik.

Putting his retail achievements firmly in the spotlight, Helios co-founder and President of the Board Tomasz Jagiełło claimed the Professional of the Year award, confirming his status as one of the region’s top real estate professionals.

In the much coveted and highly contested Shopping Center Director of the Year award Blue City's CEO Yoram Reshef shone the brightest out of all the short-listed nominees, by receiving high praise and recognition for his work on Blue City, currently one of Poland’s most diverse and popular retail destinations, which was also reflected in Blue City winning the Refurbishment Project award.

Trei Real Estate was awarded with a couple of development awards, adding recognition to their ambitious development throughout the region. The developer won the Retail Developer and the Retail Park award for their Vendo Park Pułtusk in Poland.

2019 was an interesting year for retail development and the project award winners reflected the changing dynamics of the region’s retail development markets with many of this year’s project nominees forming extensions and refurbishments.

The biggest of which was the winner of this year’s “F Factor” award – a special accolade to the region’s top-performing retail destination offering the best in Fashion, Food, Family and Fun. The Manufaktura development in Lodz, managed by Apsys and owned by Union Investment, was deemed by the jurors as this year’s winner, and was a popular choice on the night from the shortlisted nominees. 

Solaris Center by NEPI Rockcastle won in the Extension Project category. Prolific outlet developer Neinver, along with local partner Nuveen Real Estate, won the Fashion Outlet Centre award for their Silesia Outlet development. The highly appreciated Tkalnia near Lodz, by A&A development, walked away with the Small Retail Project of the Year award, and Galeria Stara Ujeżdżalnia, by CD Locum, won Large Retail Project of the Year. 

Other major accolades were given to IMMOFINANZ, which won Investor of the Year, and was recognised by the jurors for its investment success in 2019. Another highlight on the night for the company saw them walk away with the Retail Park Chain Developer award for their growing chain of STOP SHOP centres throughout the region.

pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank was recognised by the jury for its continued faith and positive operations in the region by being voted Bank of the Year. CBRE collected the Property Management Firm of the Year award, and ECE Projektmanagement was voted Retail Asset Management Firm of the Year.

International consultants Colliers International picked up the Agency of the Year award. Additional company awards were presented to Dentons, once again recognised as the region's best retail real estate law firm. TPA Poland continued to impress the jury with its stellar work and was awarded Tax and Financial Adviser of the Year and Professional Service Provider of the Year went to MK Illumination.

Commenting on the success of the winners, Craig Smith, CEE Retail Awards Organiser, said: “Having become an established leader, the CEE Retail Awards are a chance for our winners to reap the rewards their hard work deserves. It is with great pride that I wish all the winners a hearty congratulations and best of luck for the future.”

EuropaProperty prides itself on the validity of its awards and winners. The awards are given solely on merit and are awarded to commend those most deserving for their ingenuity, hard work, and success distinguishing them from their competitors and proving them worthy of recognition.

On behalf of our sponsors, judges and attendees, we offer our congratulations to all the winners. Foundations are already in place for next year’s event, which promises to be even better.

The 13th annual CEE Retail Awards will be held on January 14th, 2021.


Full List of Winners


Professional Service Provider  

Presented by:

MK Illumination

MK Illumination creates tailor-made experiences that connect with people’s emotions through festive lighting, decoration, interactive worlds. MK delivers decorative solutions for every occasion and in size or scale. As a global business with local expertise MK Illumination leads the way in design, innovation, technical excellence service and sustainable solutions.

Tax & Financial Provider  

TPA Poland

TPA is the leading international consultancy group providing comprehensive business advisory services. TPA employs over 1,500 experts operating in professional partnership companies in Poland and 11 other countries of Central and South Eastern Europe: Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Romania.

Property Management Company      


CBRE is one of the leading Property Management companies in CEE, currently managing 7,000,000 sqm of Office, Retail, Industrial and Hotel properties. Over the last year, our business expanded with over 38%, growth that has been almost proportionally split to each sector.

Retail Asset Management Company 

ECE Projektmanagement

ECE develops, builds, and manages large commercial properties in the business areas Shopping, Office, Traffic, and Industries.

Law Firm 

Presented by:


With over 1,400 lawyers, including 100+ in CEE alone, Dentons’ Global Real Estate Group offers legal advice and solutions that combine international real estate expertise, local market knowledge, and sector specific experience.

Retail Agency  

Presented by:


Colliers International

Colliers International is a leading global real estate services and investment management company. With operations in 68 countries, our 14,000 enterprising people work collaboratively to provide expert advice and services to maximize the value of property for real estate occupiers, owners and investors.

Shopping Center Director

Presented by:

Yoram Reshef - Blue City

Yoram Reshef has successfully implemented around 20,000 sqm of entertainment offer in the Blue City shopping mall. Including opening of the unique and first in the world IKEA special concept store. Opening of the biggest gyms in Poland FIT/ONE and the opening of a new Helios cinema. Blue City has also witnessed almost 10% growth in number of visitors in 2019 comparing to 2018.


Presented by:


pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank

pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank is a leading specialist lender for financing commercial real estate and public investments in Europe and the United States of America. pbb is a major issuer of Pfandbrief, which makes it also an important player in the European covered bond markets overall. pbb is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.


Sponsored by:


IMMOFINANZ is a commercial real estate group whose activities are focused on the office and retail segments of seven core markets in Europe: Austria, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. The core business covers the management and development of properties, whereby the STOP SHOP (retail), VIVO! (retail) and myhive (office) brands represent strong focal points that stand for quality and service.

Retail Park chain developer     

Sponsored by:


IMMOFINANZ‘s STOP SHOP portfolio, including the latest acquisitions as well as the development projects in Siedlce and Zielona Gora, now covers 91 retail parks in nine countries: Slovakia (16 STOP SHOPs), Slovenia (14), Hungary (14), Austria (13), Czech Republic (10), Serbia (10), Poland (10), Croatia (2) und Romania (1).


Sponsored by:

Trei Real Estate

Trei Real Estate Poland is a part of Trei Real Estate GmbH, headquartered in Mülheim an der Ruhr in Germany. The developer invests, develops and manages tailor-made and sustained commercial and residential properties. Under the Vendo Park brand, the company develops, builds and leases retail parks in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, creating a strong portfolio of their commercial projects in CEE. At present, Trei is the owner of 24 retail parks in Europe, 15 of them located in Poland.

Fashion Outlet Centre      

Silesia Outlet - NEINVER/Nuveen Real Estate - Poland

Silesia Outlet is the most recent outlet center on the Polish market. 12,000 m² of commercial space brings together over 60 outlet stores, restaurants and service points of well-known local and global brands at prices permanently reduced by 30% to 70%. The outlet's catchment zone has 6.5 million customers. In the first week of its opening, a record number of over 100,000 people came to shop at the outlet.

Retail Park      

Sponsored by:

Vendo Park Pułtusk - Trei Real Estate - Poland

Vendo Park in Pułtusk offers 4,200 sqm of commercial space. Vendo Park was built in close proximity to Lidl and Stokrotka supermarkets and provides residents with maximum convenience for quick, everyday shopping in one location. There are also over 100 parking spaces. The total cost of investment was approx. EUR 5.8 million and as part of this project, Trei also renovated historical sections of the former PKS bus station.

Refurbishment Project     

Sponsored by:

Blue City - Blue City - Poland

The main idea behind all the changes in Blue City was the desire to offer customers a completely new world of experiences, unique not only in Warsaw, but also in the whole of Poland. The changes took in not only the tenant mix, with services added which to date hadn’t been available in Poland, but also covered the usage of the centre’s space in ways that addressed cultural changes as well as changes in the needs of the contemporary customer.

Extension Project    

Sponsored by:

Solaris Center - NEPI Rockcastle - Poland

After the expansion, the Solaris Center has been positioned as a fashion and lifestyle mall. The development has now become an important point in the city of Opole. NEPI Rockcastle developed a two-level car park under pl. Kopernika.

Retail Project Small

Sponsored by:

Tkalnia - A&A - Poland

Investor A&A opened Tkalnia shopping and entertainment center in Pabianice near Łódź in June 2019. The scheme, which was built by general contractor Awbud and commercialized by BOIG Property Consulting, comprises 12,000 sqm of GLA. Tkalnia will also accommodate the first multi-screen cinema in the city, which will be operated by Helios.

Retail Project Large 

Presented by:


Galeria Stara Ujeżdżalnia - CD Locum - Poland

Stara Ujeżdżalnia is a modern, multifunctional shopping centre located in the heart of Jarosław. With a total gross leasable area of 28 900 sqm, customers can choose from a wide range of retail and services offer, as well as a diversified leisure, food and beverage proposition. Stara Ujeżdżalnia also provides an underground car park with a capacity over 700 parking spaces.

Ultimate Retail Destination      

Manufaktura - Union Investment - Poland

Manufaktura has been a beating heart of Lodz and its flagship destination for almost 14 years - its historic 3 ha square perfectly combines the functions of “The Old Town market square". The creators of the project perfectly adapted new functions to old historic buildings. The place started to attract people in so many ways, that it greatly surpassed the expectations even of its creators.

Coffeeshop Retailer 

Sponsored by:

Green Caffe Nero

Caffè Nero is the largest independent coffee house group in Europe. Caffè Nero has more than 1,000 stores across ten countries. Caffè Nero has had positive growth in revenue and profitability for 21 consecutive years. Since 2016, through its charitable foundation, Caffè Nero has donated over a quarter of a million pounds to UK causes and funded schools and farmers in the communities which help produce its coffee beans.

F&B Retailer    

Sponsored by:


McDonald's is the world's largest restaurant chain by revenue, serving over 69 million customers daily in over 100 countries across 37,855 outlets as of 2018. According to two reports published in 2018, McDonald's is the world's second-largest private employer with 1.7 million employees.

Specialty Retailer    

Sponsored by:


Empik is the largest distribution network of cultural knowledge and entertainment goods on the Polish market, it has been around for nearly 72 years. It is one of the most recognizable Polish brands and the undisputed leader in publishing categories (books, music, film). Empik offers tens of thousands of books, music, CDs, movies, multimedia games, magazines, artistic and creative articles, stationery, educational toys, board games, as well as tickets for various events.

Cosmetics Retailer  

Sponsored by:


Hebe is a network of unique stores offering products for the health and beauty of every woman. The assortment includes a wide range of exclusive brands in the categories of professional, Korean, natural, and dermo cosmetics. Hebe is known by the high level of client service. Hebe Professional, Hebe Cosmetics, Hebe Basics and by hebe. By the end of 2019 chain had 245 stores.

Footwear Retailer   

Presented by:


Eobuwie.pl S.A. is Central-Eastern Europe’s leader of online shoe retail. The company is growing rapidly, offering over 50k products from over 500 brands already and caters to 15 European markets. Eobuwie aims towards true integration of on- and offline sales channels, through development of its retail chain and innovative solutions, such as esize.me service.

Fashion Retailer under 300 sqm      

Sponsored by: 


Orsay designs feminine outfits for every style and every personality with passion and has become a successful fashion brand for young women in 30 countries. This success could only have been achieved through our employees and their passion for fashion.

Fashion Retailer over 300 sqm 

Sponsored by: 

Medicine Everyday Therapy

Medicine collections are created by Polish designers. The retailer often invites for cooperation well-known artists who design unique and limited collections for the brand. Medicine design clothes for those, who have their own style, who can blend in global trends but remain original. They are open to new, they are looking for comfortable, casual, urban clothes that can wear both to work and in their free time. They like aesthetic things with good quality. What makes this brand different from others is a very interesting design and limited series created by young talented artists.

Fashion Retailer over 500 sqm 

Sponsored by:


KappAhl is a Swedish clothing network, with 270 stores in four European countries. Annually, it sells around 40 million pieces of clothing, employs 3,700. The company focuses on the countries of the Scandinavian Peninsula and Poland, where it has been present since 1999.

Best Innovation       

Presented by:


Eobuwie.pl S.A. is Central-Eastern Europe’s leader of online shoe retail. The company is growing rapidly, offering over 50k products from over 500 brands already and caters to 15 European markets. Eobuwie aims towards true integration of on- and offline sales channels, through development of its retail chain and innovative solutions, such as esize.me service.

Online Retailer


Zalando is Europe’s leading online platform for fashion and lifestyle. Zalando brings head-to-toe fashion to more than 29 million active customers in 17 markets, offering clothing, footwear, accessories and beauty. The assortment of international brands ranges from world famous names to local labels. The Zalando platform is a one-stop fashion destination for inspiration, innovation and interaction. As Europe’s most fashionable tech company, it works hard to find digital solutions for every aspect of the fashion journey: for our customers, partners and every valuable player in the Zalando story.




SportsDelite is the exclusive Franchise Partner of American legendary brand SKECHERS in Poland. Two stores opened simultaneously by the end of November 2019 providing a unique and exceptional example of great team work against the market challenges. Beautiful stores with footwear for men, women and kids

Overall Retailer of the Year     

Presented by:



Eobuwie.pl S.A. is Central-Eastern Europe’s leader of online shoe retail. The company is growing rapidly, offering over 50k products from over 500 brands already and caters to 15 European markets. Eobuwie aims towards true integration of on- and offline sales channels, through development of its retail chain and innovative solutions, such as esize.me service.

Overall Professional of the Year 

Sponsored by:

Tomasz Jagiełło - Helios

Helios successfully entered the Warsaw market - the first multiplex of the network began its operations in January 2019 - collecting enthusiastic reviews from viewers, who praise both the quality of the projection and the cinema décor. With 49 multiplexes Helios is currently the largest cinema network in Poland. In June 2019 Tomasz Jagiełło was elected for Vice-President position in the Board of Directors of UNIC (International Union of Cinemas) – an international grouping of cinema trade associations and key operators, covering 38 territories across Europe.

Contact Information

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