With around 6,800 square meters of sales space, it is rather small for a shopping center, says City-Point Managing Director Ernestina Rizvanovic, but: “With our wide range of products and the cheapest underground car park in the city center, we are above all an indispensable footfall driver for the city center.”
The new boss is supposed to bring City Point, which has been affected by a number of upheavals in recent years, back to prosperity after the renovation. After a few upheavals, there are currently signs of an upswing again. “We recently broke the 100,000 mark in monthly visitors again,” says Rizvanovic, “and the utilization of our garage is also excellent with 20,000 entries per month.” Customers can park for one hour free of charge in the 285 parking spaces, after which the rate is the cheapest in the city at 60 cents per half hour. The reopened West Entrance, which allows passage from Brucknerplatz in the direction of Tomitzstraße and the Citykino, has been well received. “You used to land here on the first floor, but now the west entrance leads directly to the ground floor to the MPreis grocery store,” says Miriam Puchner, assistant to the management. That goes down better with customers.
In the meantime, all of the retail space in the shopping center has been rented, with the exception of two small remaining areas. The most recent openings were KiK and Wow Beauty, which impresses with a completely new concept for Steyr. And an ÖAMTC bike base near the Brucknerplatz entrance and Buburuza ice cream machines will be installed soon. However, the City Point team is still working on an addition: a drugstore is to make the inner-city shopping center, which is also home to the Hotel Harry’s Home, which is already well occupied, even more attractive.
Overall, the group of investors around Raiffeisenbank Steyr, which has increased its stake from originally 25 to 53 percent, has fundamentally renovated and rebuilt the downtown department store City Point for around 37.5 million euros.