Oostpoort keeps ‘iconic’ HEMA store thanks to relocation
Last May it was announced that the HEMA store at Linnaeusstraat 245 was to disappear from Amsterdam’s Oostpoort shopping centre to make way for a new Jumbo supermarket. Local residents launched a petition to keep a branch of the long-established retail chain in the east of the city. In an interview with regional news channel AT5, they described the HEMA store as a local icon and part of their way of life in Amsterdam-Oost.
The store has added value for the neighbourhood and perfectly supplements Oostpoort’s current range of retail outlets. That’s why Oostpoort’s owner joined forces with CBRE and Colliers International to lease approximately 567 sq. m. of retail space at Waldenlaan 12 to the HEMA chain.
In the coming period, HEMA will be busy renovating and refurbishing its new home, complete with HEMA Take-Away. A date has yet to be set for the grand opening of the new store but the company is working towards a target of 18 September.
Oostpoort shopping centre is the main retail area in the district of Amsterdam-Oost, renowned for the variety on offer. With over 50 retail outlets and a wide range of products and services, it serves shoppers’ needs with an attractive mix of leading national and international chains and independent businesses. Customers flock there for grocery shopping, beauty, lifestyle and interior design, but the leisure and sports sectors are also well-represented. Oostpoort is also home to a host of quayside bars and restaurants, not to mention Q-Factory – a music venue and rehearsal studio. It’s amenities include a gym and an indoor swimming pool. Last but not least, the centre is home to a Stadsloket where locals can go to access local government services. Oostpoort is open seven days a week and provides excellent parking in its own underground facility.