McArthurGlen, Europe’s leading owner, developer and manager of designer outlets, will soon have its third designer outlet center in France. Today officially marks the start of building work for McArthurGlen Provence which will be the South of France’s only designer outlet. The 120 million euro project will bring some of the world’s most famous luxury, premium and lifestyle brands to the Bouches-du-Rhône region.
McArthurGlen Provence will offer shoppers year-round discounts in a unique high-quality shopping environment. The center will feature 120 stores plus eight cafes and restaurants in a gross leasable area of 25,000 sqm.
The site of McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Provence is in a prime location near the junctions of the A7, A8 and A54 which link Marseilles with Nice, Lyon, Avignon and Nîmes. It is a 45 minute drive from Aix-en-Provence and within walking distance of a TGV high speed train. With the Provence-Côtes d’Azur region attracting France’s highest number of tourist visits after Paris, the outlet will serve both international visitors and local customers.
Alongside the great shopping on offer, McArthurGlen Provence will feature a new public park of 1.6 hectares and walkways shaded by centuries-old plane trees. Its main entrance will be designed and created by the world renowned botanist and inventor of vertical gardens Patrick Blanc. Further enhancing the experience will be a playground for children, easy access for pedestrians and cyclists, a bicycle lot and 1,600 parking spaces.
The center will be built to the highest standards of energy efficiency and to strict BREEAM certifications. A system of solar panels over an area of nearly 2,000 sq m will provide energy and the centre’s lighting which will be provided primarily by LEDs.