CEE Retail Real Estate Awards: Victoria’s Secret and Unbail-Rodamco big winners
23 April

ewcomer to the region Victoria’s Secret and the prolific investor/developer Unibail-Rodamco have blazed their way through one of Central Eastern Europe’s top retail awards ceremonies.

In a significant boost to the retail real estate industry, the 10th edition of the annual EuropaProperty CEE Retail Awards, welcomed a record number of attendees, including over 150 retailers actively operating in the region.

Unibail-Rodamco almost pulled off a clean sweep of development awards, adding momentum to their development successes of 2017. The developer won Developer of the Year along with three development prizes for their projects in Poland and the Czech Republic.

Big prizes also went to Victoria’s Secret, collecting wins for Fashion Retailer – over 1,000 sqm, and Newcomer of the Year. Similarly, shoe retailer Kazar, won the coveted Overall Retailer of the Year. The company was recognised by the jury for its continued expansion, and confidence in the CEE region throughout 2017.

Accentuating the strength and 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: Food & Beverages Retailer Vapiano, Coffeeshop Retailer Etno Cafe, Fitness & Leisure Retailer Calypso Fitness, Fashion Retailers Orsay and CCC, Cosmetics Retailer Douglas, Supermarket Chain Carrefour, Kids’ Retailer Smyk and Speciality Retailers Yes and Rossmann.

Innovation in the retail sector was also recognised by the Retail Institute, who partnered with EuropaProperty, and recognised several retailers for their achievements and forward-thinking practices that have shaped the changing face of the retail industry over the last year. Winners included Rossmann, Douglas, Auchan Direct, Carrefour, eObuwie, and Hala Koszyki.

Putting his achievements firmly in the spotlight, Mayland’s Maciej Kielbicki 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 Carrefour's Ewa Karska, head of shopping centre operations, shone the brightest out of all the short-listed nominees, by receiving high praise and recognition for her dedicated work on Carrefour’s shopping centre portfolio.

2017 was a big year for retail development and the project award winners reflected the changing dynamics of the region’s retail development markets. Prolific retail developer Unbail-Rodamco won three prizes for its regional development success in 2017. Wroclavia in Wroclaw, Poland won Retail Project in the large category and, in an encouraging sign for sectors improving retail offer, Warsaw’s largest shopping centre Arkadia won best F&B Concept for its Grand Kitchen, and Mayland’s Serenada in Krakow, Poland won Retail Project of the Year in the medium category. 

Many of this year’s project nominees formed extensions and refurbishments. Unibail-Rodamco won the highly contested category Extended/Refurbished Project of the Year for their successful extension of Centrum Chodov in the Czech Republic. IKEA’s highly appreciated Franowo Centrum in Poznan, won in the Best Convenience Store Category.

Other major accolades were given to CBRE Global Investors, which won Investor and Asset Management Firm of the Year, with the jury recognising the firms’ successful investment business in 2017. Highlights included sizeable portfolio deals as well as one of the largest and most complicated transactions of 2017, with the divestment of a portfolio to the CPI Property Group.

International consultants CBRE picked up the Agency of the Year award. Additional company awards were presented to K|P|R|F Law Office, one of Poland's best retail real estate law firms, which received the Law Firm of the Year award. TPA Horwath won Tax and Financial Adviser of the Year and Professional Service Provider of the Year went to MK Illumination.

BSC Real Estate Advisors topped a successful year of changes and growth by being recognised as the Project Management Firm of the Year. Chapman Taylor once again picked up Architectural Firm of the Year, and recognised for its continued confidence and support to the market pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank was voted Bank of the Year. Other company awards went to CFE Poland for Construction Firm of the Year, and Apsys Polska picked up the Property Management Firm of the Year award.

The awards, held at the five-star Intercontinental Hotel Warsaw, brought together some 450 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 2017.


Innovation of the Year, Shopping Center







Posnania, Apsys 
Wroclavia, Unibail-Rodamco
Hala Koszyki, Griffin Real Estate 
Manufaktura, Apsys
Galeria Krakowska, ECE
Galeria Kazimierz, Invesco 
Riviera, Mayland 
Bonarka, Nepi RockCastle


Online Store of the Year, Fashion







Gino Rossi 


Online Store of the Year, Health and beauty









Online Store of the Year, Food Stores







Auchan Direct


Innovation of the Year, Retailer







Currency One

Calypso Fitness





Patchwork Concept Stores



Loyalty programme of the Year







Calypso Fitness


Professional Service Provider







MK Illumination

MK Illumination creates tailor-made experiences that connect with people’s emotions through festive lighting, decoration, interactive worlds. We deliver 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.


Architectural Firm







Chapman Taylor

Chapman Taylor is an award-winning practice of global architects and master planners, known for designing places and buildings that are both creative and successful. Specialising in Residential, Retail, Leisure, Hospitality and Office design, we are able to blend these uses into vibrant mixed-use environments for people to enjoy.


Tax & Financial Provider







TPA Poland

TPA is the leading international consultancy group providing comprehensive business advisory services. We employ over 1,000 experts operating in professional partnership companies in Poland and 10 countries of Central and South-Eastern Europe: Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania and Hungary. 


Law Firm







KPRF Law Office

KPRF Law Office is a new-generation law firm that provides unrivalled legal services based mainly on specialization. We deliver to our Clients practical and tailor-made solutions enabling the achievement of their business goals instead of theoretical analyses. We have been active in the CEE market for over a decade, winning the trust of many Clients. Retail chains, landlords, developers and real estate managers appreciate our experience and business oriented approach.


Project Management Firm







BSC Real Estate Advisors

BSC Real Estate Advisors is a fully independent commercial real estate advisory firm covering the Polish & CEE markets. It is run and owned by its Partners whose careers each span two decades of working with major local and international organisations throughout the region and internationally. We provide clients with a complete set of service lines across all commercial property sectors including capital markets, retail, offices, industrial and property management.


Property Management Firm                                                                               

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Established in Poland in 1996 Apsys acts as a promoter, marketer, investor, developer and manager that applies a creative approach throughout the entire property value chain. Over the last 20 years Apsys has developed 24 shopping and leisure centers in France and Poland, including Manufaktura, Posnania and Beaugrenelle, and it has established itself as the leader in asset management.


Construction Firm                                                                                                 

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CFE Poland

CFE Polska is general contractor that started its construction activity in Poland in 1996. The company’s scope of activities includes the design of construction projects as well as the construction of office buildings, administrative buildings, industrial buildings, hotels, residential buildings. CFE Polska is part of the Belgian Compagnie d’Entreprises CFE s.a.. The group works all around the world; mainly in Belgium, Holland, Luxemburg, Poland, 


Asset Management Firm







CBRE Global Investors

CBRE Global Investors is a leading global real estate investment manager with $87.9 billion in assets under management. The company sponsors investment programs across the risk/return spectrum for investors worldwide.



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pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank

pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank is a specialist bank for commercial real estate finance and public investment finance. Its core business is lending: the bank has an important role to play in supplying credit to the real estate industry and supports the public sector with financing for projects and measures designed to improve public infrastructure.


Shopping Center Director                                                                                   

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Ewa Karska- Carrefour

Noteworthy achievements of 2017: 182 lease contracts renewed in 2017 for 23,115 sqm of GLA Introduction of 21 new brands in Carrefour Malls’ portfolio, including Flying Tiger, Mole Mole, Carte d’Or, Domino’s Pizza, Doner Kebab, Pasibus, Opoczno Łazienki, Świat Książki



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CBRE Group, Inc. is the world's leading commercial real estate services and investment company. CBRE serves real estate investors and occupiers in more than 100 countries around the world through approximately 450 offices (excluding affiliates).



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CBRE Global Investors

CBRE Global Investors is an independently operated affiliate of CBRE Group, Inc. It harnesses the research, investment sourcing and other resources of the world’s premier, full-service commercial real estate services company for the benefit of its investors. In Central Europe, the company has approximately 3 billion of assets under management comprising retail, logistics and office properties. The company is active in buying as well as selling and active asset management. 



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Unibail-Rodamco is Europe's leading listed commercial property company specialised in shopping centres in European capital cities, in offices in Paris and in Convention & Exhibition centres in Paris. The Group's portfolio is currently valued at €42.5 billion.


Best F+B Concept








Grand Kitchen is a completely new meeting place and restaurant zone in the Warsaw Arkadia. The innovative concept is based on the idea of Destinations, implemented by Unibail-Rodamco, the owner and manager of the center. Arkadia is the largest shopping center in Poland, a flagship project of Unibail-Rodamco, and it is constantly being improved, so that clients can enjoy the highest quality of services – construction of the Dining Plaza was part of such efforts. 


Retail Extension/Refurbishment Project                                                            

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Centrum Chodov offers an attractive retail mix of more than 300 units, the highest number of shops in a single Czech shopping center, spreading on an area of 102,242 sqm. After its extension of 41,948 sqm and 2 years of full renovation the new center provides 3,433 comfortable parking places, many flagship stores.


Convenience Store Project








Centrum Franowo in Poznań next to IKEA and Franowo Shopping Park opened Sept. 2017. A Convenience centre of 7,500 sqm GLA with office space 8,000 sqm on the 1st floor. 35 tenants. 850 parking spaces (incl. 300 on underground parking) Main tenants: Piotr i Paweł supermarket, Media Expert, Martes Sport, KIK, Pepco.


Retail Project Medium








Developer by Mayland Real Estate and designed by Sud Architects. Serenada was completed in October 2017, Phase I has GLA/sqm: 42,000. The project has an extensive list of top local and international retailers.


Retail Project Large                                                                                               

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Wroclavia is a brand new, iconic lifestyle shopping center perfectly located in the very heart of Wroclaw city. It’s combines a number of functions: retail (with 64,000 sqm), dining and entertainment (close to a fifth of the centre’s total surface), offices and bus station (total GLA surface 81,000 sqm). It offers an attractive retail mix of over 180 carefully selected units (including new market entries like Sfera, Forever 21, Uterqüe, Steve Madden or Estée Lauder.


Cosmetics Retailer








Douglas is the selective beauty care market leader in Europe. It currently has 132 perfumeries in Poland. All of them are located in the key shopping centers and at the prestigious commercial streets. That means Douglas is the largest and the fastest growing perfumery chain in Poland with focuses on top client service.


Specialty Retailer under 450 sqm








Yes has inspired emotions and stirred desire for over 30 years, making jewellery that expresses your inner brilliance in the most beautiful way possible. We emphasize the purity of form, the intricacy of detail and the refinement of design, embracing the unique in the natural. We like to experiment with aesthetics, inviting different artists, stylists and designers to work with us. Regardless of season, whatever the trends, our collections and designs always remain in high demand.


Specialty Retailer over 450 sqm








Rossmann is the leader of the drugstore market in Poland. More than 700,000 Poles do shopping in our stores every day. The first store with the Rossmann logo was opened in Łódź in 1993. Twenty-two years later, we celebrated the opening of the 1000th drugstore in the Warsaw-based shopping centre Złote Tarasy. Today, our company owns more than 1,200 stores and has about 17,500 employees.


Supermarket Chain







Carrefour Polska

Carrefour Polska is an omni-channel retail network with more than 900 stores in Poland in 5 formats: hypermarkets, supermarkets, convenience specialist shops and an online store. Carrefour in Poland also owns the network of 20 shopping centers with a total area of over 230,000 GLA and the network of more than 40 petrol stations.


Fitness Club Retailer







Calypso Fitness Club

Calypso Fitness is the leader in the fitness market in Poland and we and are dynamically developing every year. Our chain currently has 42 clubs in 17 cities and is the biggest fitness chain in Poland.


F&B Retailer                                                                                                           

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Vapiano is the only public European fast-casual chain who positions itself as a local experience, with majorly local products and local chefs. Although active worldwide, Vapiano preserves its uniformity while reaching globally. In no other establishment can guests live an experience as in a Vapiano restaurant: the front cooking is merged with a typical atmosphere and décor that transfer the Vapiano vibe upon entry.


Coffeeshop Retailer                                                                                               

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Etno Cafe - the first coffee shops chain in Poland with its own coffee roastery and most of coffee beans sourced directly from farmers. What distinguishes us from the others? We are "AN INDEPENDENT COFFEE SHOP CHAIN"


Kids' Retailer                                                                                                           

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SMYK is an international chain of specialist children’s stores. Currently over 170 SMYK Group stores are operating in Poland, Ukraine & Romania. Important part of the business is internet store www.smyk.com. Additionally SMYK’s COOL CLUB own brand fashion products are available in other countries on wholesale/franchise basis.


Fashion Retailer under 450 sqm                                                                         

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ORSAY designs feminine outfits for every style and every personality with passion and has become a successful fashion brand for young women in 26 countries. This success could only have been achieved through our employees and their passion for fashion.


Fashion Retailer over 450 sqm                                                                             

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CCC Group is one of the largest footwear retail company in Central Europe and one of the largest footwear manufacturer in Europe. Through its subsidiary eObuwie.pl, the Group is the largest ecommerce player in footwear in CEE. Today, CCC Group owns nearly 900 stores in 16 countries, with a total floor space of 500 thousand m.. CCC Group has its own factory of leather shoes, employing more than 12 000 employees and annually it sells nearly 40 million pairs of shoes. The prestige and financial credibility is highlighted by the presence of the Company on the Warsaw Stock Exchange and participation in honorable group of the 20 largest companies included in the WIG 20.


Fashion Retailer over 1,000 sqm                                                                         

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Victoria's Secret is a leading seller of lingerie and cosmetic products, known for its prestigious fragrances, body care products, celebrity models and world-renowned fashion shows. Collections of Victoria's Secret lingerie and cosmetics belonging to L Brands, Inc are available in more than 1,600 stores worldwide, as well as online, thus enabling customers to shop anywhere, anytime.



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Victoria's Secret opened in Warsaw in 2017 with their flagship store in Poland's largest shopping center Arkadia. Collections of Victoria's Secret lingerie and cosmetics belonging to L Brands, Inc are available in more than 1,600 stores worldwide, as well as online, thus enabling customers to shop anywhere, anytime.


Retailer of the Year                                                                                                 

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Kazar has become a symbol of fashion and trends on a global level. Synonym of sensuality, originality and prestige. Kazar collections complement the modern, active lifestyle of men and women. They let you create a strong, uncommon appearance and express yourself in a unique way. They combine the avant-garde, good style and unconditional commitment to quality. Modern design and precise finishes accompany careful attention to every detail.


Professional of the Year                                                                                         

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Maciej Kielbicki has been associated with the commercial real estate market for almost 25 years. He has been responsible, among others, for leasing, property management, cost management, construction delivery, legal and financial matters, and has actively participated in a number of significant transactions on the Polish real estate market - process of sales of 15 retail galleries in 2003. Supervision and control of the process of sales of Geant's and Leader Price's assets in 2006 -sales of Jantar, Karolinka, Pogoria, Riviera and Serenada shopping centers



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