Retail excellence honoured at the eleventh annual EuropaProperty CEE Retail Awards
06 February

Footwear retailer Kazar and investor and developer Atrium European Real Estate blaze their way through one of Central Eastern Europe’s top awards ceremonies, each collecting a hat-trick of accolades.

Honouring the region’s ever-changing commercial retail real estate market, and reflecting its evolving nature, EuropaProperty’s eleventh annual CEE Retail Real Estate Awards once again highlighted the continued enthusiasm for retail real estate in CEE by recognising the best of the retail industry for their continued market success.

Overall Retailer and Footwear Fashion Retailer went to Kazar, which was recognised for their continued expansion and confidence in the CEE region throughout 2018. Professional of the Year also went to the retailer's founder and CEO Artur Kazienko, who was highlighted by the jury for his strong leadership skills and ambition in a challenging market.

Accentuating the continued confidence 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: Green Coffee Nero, Olimp restaurant chain, Rossmann, Carrefour, Intimissimi, Yes, Orsay and Reserved. The Newcomer of the Year award was received by Papa John’s Pizza.

Atrium European Real Estate was recognised by the jury for its prolific acquisition, de-investment and refurbishment strategy throughout the region. The company won three awards, including Developer, Investor, and Retail Renovation/Refurbished Project of the Year for their flagship development Atrium Promenada in Warsaw.

2018 was a big year for retail development in Poland and the project award winners reflected the changing dynamics of the country’s retail development market. Many of this year’s nominees formed extensions, refurbishments, mixed-use and retail park projects.

Best F+B Concept went to Unibail-Rodamco - Westfield's Grand Kitchen in Arkadia. This year's Mixed-use awards celebrated two champion projects. Liebrecht & wooD Group's Centrum Praskie Koneser, on the Praga side of Warsaw, was recognised by the jury as well as Luka Living's Luka Living residential and retail project in Prague. Multi Development's city centre forming Forum Gdansk walked away with the Shopping Centre of the Year in the large category. Capital Park's popular and successful Vis à Vis chain won the Best Convenience Store Development Chain award. Their latest development to this portfolio, Vis à Vis Wilanów also received high praise from the jury and was awarded Retail Project of the Year in the small category.

Other major project accolades were given to Gemini Holding's Gemini Park Tychy in Poland, which collected the Shopping Centre of the Year award in the medium category. The company's Founder Rafał Sonik also received high praise and recognition on the night. Honoured by EuropaProperty as Man of the Year, Rafał is a respected entrepreneur, philanthropist, and winner of the Dakar Rally.

Gemini Holding has been present on the Polish market since 1993. Since 2009 Rafał has been successfully extending the Gemini Holding portfolio with his own shopping centres - Gemini Park. At present, he owns three facilities of this type with a total area of over 112,000 sqm, and a value of nearly €307 million. He is planning to establish more projects of a similar kind in Poland. 

In a significant boost to the retail real estate industry, the eleventh edition of the annual EuropaProperty CEE Retail Awards, welcomed a record number of attendees, including over 100 retailers actively operating in the region. Innovation in the retail sector was recognised by the Retail Institute, who partnered with EuropaProperty, and recognised several companies for their achievements and forward-thinking practices that have shaped the changing face of the retail industry over the last year. Winners included Multi's Forum Gdansk, eObuwie, Carrefour and LPP.

Additional company awards were given to Eiffage Construction as Construction Firm of the Year. International real advisory JLL picked up the Property Management Firm of the Year, for the extensive nature of its professionalism and retail properties portfolio under management.

Global consultants Colliers International picked up the Agency of the Year award. Additional company awards were presented to Dentons, one of the world’s biggest law firms, which received the regional Law Firm of the Year award. Tax and Financial Adviser of the Year once again went to TPA and Professional Service Provider of the Year went to MK Illumination.

Gleeds again followed up last year’s success by collecting the Project Management Firm of the Year award. APA VIA and Partners picked up Architectural Firm of the Year. Pbb Deutsche pfandbriefbank was voted Bank of the Year and Shopping Center Director of the Year was awarded to Blue City’s Yoram Reshef.

The awards were judged by an independent elite panel of industry professionals from some of the leading commercial real estate companies in the region. The jury selected the winners of the awards from the shortlisted companies. In order to ensure maximum objectivity and transparency of the final results, the judging procedure was overseen by EY - one of the world's leading professional services organizations.

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 bigger.

Full list of Winners

"Innovation of The Year" Awards 

Innovation of The Year - Shopping Center

Forum Gdańsk Multi Development

Innovation of The Year - Concept Store

eObuwie, Atrium Promenada

Innovation of The Year - Company

Carrefour Polska

Innovation of The Year - Company



Professional Service Provider   

MK Illumination

MK Illumination provides a comprehensive service in three main areas: Retail Real Estate, Leisure and Public Spaces. Offering three main product areas: Lighting, Decorations and Themed attractions. MK Illumination maintains independently run subsidiaries in 33 countries, allowing each business to benefit from a global approach linked with local knowledge.


Architectural Firm    

APA VIA and Partners

APA Via was established in 1995 by owner – Wioletta Lasota (Walczowska), managed to create the architectural office with unique atmosphere, concentrating both on client’s requirements and working condition. The company specializes in designing and managing the shopping centers. Each investment is treated individually and for each project, there is appointed new, professional design team.


Tax & Financial Provider        



TPA is a leading international consulting group, offering comprehensive business advisory services in 12 countries of Central and Southeastern Europe. In Poland, TPA is one of the largest consulting companies. We provide international corporations and large domestic companies with effective business solutions in terms of tax advisory, transaction advisory, financial audit, corporate finance, accounting outsourcing as well as payroll administration services and HR consulting.


Law Firm

Presented by: 



Dentons, the world's largest law firm, offers agile, tailored solutions to meet the local, national and global needs of private and public clients of any size in in 78 countries. 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


Construction Firm    

Presented by:


Eiffage Construction

Eiffage Polska Budownictwo belongs to Eiffage Group, one of Europe’s biggest construction group and concession operator. The company offers complex construction services for offices, commercial, hotel, industrial, housing and sports buildings. The biggest recent investment included: OVO Wrocław, Posnania - the largest shopping center in western Poland.


Project Management Firm

Presented by: 



Gleeds Polska, part of Gleeds Group - one of the world’s leading management and construction consultants with over 130 years’ experience in the building and construction industry and offices worldwide. Gleeds Polska, with its main office in Warsaw, was formally established in 1992, and it now operates from its local offices in Warsaw, Katowice, Cracow, Poznań, Łódź, Wrocław and Gdańsk.


Property Management Firm     

Sponsored by: 



JLL is the most trusted and experienced property manager in CEE – focused on the client's best performance and business growth, and the highest quality services based on high-end knowledge, long term experience, understanding clients’ needs and ethics.


Shopping Center Director 

Presented by: 


Yoram Reshef - Blue City

Yoram Reshef has overseen the continued success of the Blue City shopping and entertainment centre in Warsaw, Poland. Acquiring  many  attractive  new tenants. Organizing special events; innovation; new loyalty program for customers, based on mobile application; achieving significant growth in number of visitors; and the successful repositioning of Blue City as the most family friendly shopping center in the city.



Sponsored by: 


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.



Sponsored by: 


Colliers International

Colliers International Group is a global real estate services and investment management company operating in 69 countries with a workforce of more than 13,000 professionals.



Sponsored by: 


Atrium European Real Estate

Atrium Group (AERE) focuses on strengthening and further developing its portfolio in Poland and Czech with focus on the capital cities as locations with the biggest growth potential: 84 percent value located in Poland and the Czech Republic, 44 percent in Warsaw and Prague. AERE systematically increases overall quality, image, and value of its key assets.



Sponsored by: 


Atrium European Real Estate

Atrium European Real Estate (AERE) is one of the top owners, operators and developers of fashion and food driven shopping centers in Central and Eastern Europe. As of today, the Group's portfolio includes 34 shopping centers and properties located in four countries with a market value of €2.8 billion and a total gross leasable area of more than 970,000 sqm.


Best F+B Concept    

Sponsored by:  


Grand Kitchen - Unibail-Rodamco - Westfield - Poland

Grand Kitchen is a completely new meeting place and restaurant zone in Warsaw’s Arkadia. The innovative concept is based on the idea of Destinations, implemented by Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, the owner and manager of the center. Arkadia is the largest shopping center in Poland, a flagship project of Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, 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.


Mixed-use Project Poland 

Presented by: 


Centrum Praskie Koneser - Liebrecht & wooD Group - Poland

The Centrum Praskie Koneser is the mixed-use development in Praga District, chosen as one of the 10 Europe’s coolest neighbourhoods (The Independent, 2018). The project is the first multifunctional lifestyle center in Poland integrating nine different functions: office, retail, event and leisure spaces, apartments, as well as a rich offering for tourists


Mixed-use Project CEE     

Presented by: 


Luka Living - Luka Living - Czech Republic

Luka Living is a concept which is completely unique in Central Europe. The ambition of Luka Living is to transform the Luka district into an exceptional place for living, directly at the metro station and providing pleasant shopping experience and services to both its clients and the entire surrounding area. 


Retail Extension/Refurbishment Project  

Sponsored by:  


Atrium Promenada - Atrium European Real Estate - Poland

Atrium Promenada: The extensive works in the central part of existing and continuously operating shopping center were conducted since May 2016 until October 2018. They included a thorough redevelopment and refurbishment of the main gallery and further extension of the center. As a result, the main gallery underwent transformation to the spacious, light, elegant Fountain Alley, an exceptional space in terms of architecture and atmosphere.


Best Convenience Store Development Chain

Vis à Vis - Capital Park - Poland

The Street Mall “Vis à Vis” is a chain of cosy shopping malls in the convenience format on the main street of cities. The format is based on the concept of open access to stores, which can be entered directly from the street and the car park, while common space is kept at the minimum.


Retail Project - small

Vis à Vis Wilanów - Capital Park - Poland

“Vis à Vis” Wilanow is a cosy shopping mall in the convenience format. The format is based on the concept of open access to stores, which can be entered directly from the street and the car park, while common space is kept at the minimum. The facility consists of two parallel buildings with a total leasable area of approximately 4,200 sqm, separated by a green area. In the mall there are 17 premises, including grocery stores, service outlets and restaurants. 


Retail Project - medium   

Presented by: 


Gemini Park Tychy - Gemini Holding - Poland

Gemini Park Tychy is designed as a large-format, family-oriented, commercial facility with an area of 36,600 sqm GLA. The park is filled with more than 130 stores, restaurants, service points offering the products of Polish and foreign brands. The shopping centre will be extended by more than 25,000 sqm GLA, and will thus form the region's only POWER CENTER, together with other large-area stores, including OBI, Saturn and TESCO. It is one of the most commercially-competitive places in Silesia today.


Retail Project - large

Sponsored by: 


Forum Gdansk - Multi - Poland

Forum Gdańsk is unique, because it combines a huge variety of retail, leisure, cultural and gastronomic amenities, all interlinked via a striking infrastructural system, with lots of green, public spaces and sport facilities. It is a masterpiece of design, engineering and water management, including a railroad tunnel platform, while the Radunia Canal has been restored to its original state.


Footwear & Accessories Retailer      

Sponsored by: 



Kazar is a fashion brand of the premium segment, offering shoes, leather accessories, watches and perfumes. Its vast offering caters to women and men who value the highest quality and unique style following the global fashion trends. Kazar brand sets the trends. Collections of shoes, bags and belts launched each season are considered luxury products meeting the expectations of leading Polish designers, celebrities and customers.


Jewellery & Accessories Retailer

Presented by: 



Yes' main activity is the design, production and sale of its own jewelery collections supplemented with the offer of watches. The company owns two well-positioned product brands: YES and Verona. And they conduct their commercial activity - focusing on managing these brands, designing jewelry by their own design team and the development of both sales networks with a monobrand character.


Specialty Retailer    

Presented by: 



Rossmann is a leader on the drugstore market in Poland. More than 700,000 Poles do shopping in its stores every day. Today, the company owns more than 1,300 stores and has around 18,700 employees. Rossmann operates on the following principles: as many articles and products as possible at reasonable prices. It offers its customers 21,000 Polish and foreign products (a total of 800 brands). Rossmann also owns 35 private labels.


Big-Box Retail Store


Carrefour is a multiformat, multichannel and multilocal retailer and one of the leading chains in Poland managing +900 stores, including hypermarkets, supermarkets, convenience and specialty stores, as well as the e-store (food and non-food). Carrefour is also one of the main developers, investors and managing companies on the Polish retail market with 230,000 sqm of GLA in the shopping centers portfolio.


F&B Retailer    

Presented by: 



Olimp's customers appreciate the quality of its meals. All meals served in Olimp Restaurants are prepared on the spot. Olimp's chefs do not use half-products – they handmade dumplings, roll noodle dough, and prepare traditional Polish pyzy. Olimp does not add artificial flavours to food. It uses only natural and fresh ingredients, which are essential to Olimp's menu.


Coffeeshop Retailer 

Sponsored by: 


Green Coffee Nero

The founders of Green Coffee met and created a unique coffee house experience in Poland; something that brought together the best, something that felt special. They believed to make a great experience you needed the best coffee – in this case premium Italian coffee – and made fresh natural food, great service and a warm and welcoming atmosphere.


Fashion Retailer (under 200 sqm)    

Presented by: 



Intimissimi brand is a part of the successful Italian company, Calzedonia S.p.A Group. The brand boasts an extensive global franchise network whose shops set the benchmark in a dynamic world of emotions, comfort and great stylish taste.


Fashion Retailer (over 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 33 countries. This success could only have been achieved through our employees and their passion for fashion.


Fashion Retailer (over 500 sqm)


Reserved is a brand, pursuing in its collections with the latest fashion trends. Responding very quickly to the needs of its customers by offering new models in its stores every week. That is why the Reserved collection combines the beauty of classic design with original, latest fashion proposals for a given season for women, men and children.



Sponsored by: 


Papa John’s Pizza Polska

Papa John's Pizza is an American pizza restaurant franchise. Papa John’s also operates in Central Eastern Europe, Russia and Belarus and plans to expand to several other Eastern European and Central Asian Countries.


Overall Professional of the Year     

Sponsored by: 



Artur Kazienko - Kazar

Artur Kazienko is the founder and CEO of Kazar, which has been on the market for almost 30 years and operates 50 stores in Poland, as well stores in the Czech Republic and Hungary, and an online shop. In 2018, the brand was awarded the title of the Retail Chain of the Year and a distinction in the Rebranding of the Year category in the prestigious competition of the Polish Council of Shopping Centers.


Overall Retailer

Presented by: 



KAZAR has proven many times that its achievements can be attributed to trend setting policy not only in fashion but also on the organizational level. Aiming at perfection in all areas, KAZAR provides its customers with the best products and services.


Man of the Year 

Sponsored by: 


Rafał Sonik – Gemini Holding

Rafał Sonik, a Polish entrepreneur, philanthropist, winner of the Dakar Rally, and the founder of Gemini Holding, was honoured at the 11th annual CEE Retail Awards as the Man of the Year.

Contact Information

Craig Smith

Phone number: +48 577 100 620

Zlatina Mikołajczyk

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