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First Outlet Mall in the Keiji Area
Grand Opening of Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo on July 8, 2010
All 165 Stores Filled, Including 25 Outlets New to Japan
Facility Concept - "An Outlet Mall in Harmony with the Environment"
April 13, 2010
Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd., LaLaport Management Co., Ltd.
The Mitsui Fudosan Group has announced the grand opening of Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo on July 8, 2010. All 165 shops scheduled for the facility, of which 142 are factory outlets, have been decided.
The facility is the first outlet mall to open in the Keiji area of Japan, covering Kyoto and Shiga Prefectures. It also marks the Group's tenth outlet mall in Japan, following the opening of the country's first authentic outlet facility, Mitsui Outlet Park Osaka Tsurumi (formerly Tsurumi Hanaport Blossom) in 1995. Together with Mitsui Outlet Park Marine Pier Kobe, the new facility is the third outlet mall to open in Japan's Kinki region.
[Main Features of Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo]
- Outstanding access: Located near the Ryuo Interchange on the Meishin Expressway, one of the Kinki region’s major traffic arteries.
- Wide variety of shops: Lineup includes 25 outlets never before seen in Japan and 49 appearing in the Kinki region for the first time
- Unique concept: “An Outlet Mall in Harmony with the Environment”
- Full use of the rich natural environment to produce a space that offers enjoyment visit after visit, and a diverse range of environmental facilities
- Food court showcasing distinctive local cuisine: Dining options include shops specializing in Omi Beef and other local ingredients and products, as well as popular food shops from across Japan’s Kansai region
[Profile of Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo]
Outstanding access: Located near the Ryuo Interchange on the Meishin Expressway, one of the Kinki region’s major traffic arteries.
- The facility is roughly 500 meters from the Meishin Expressway’s Ryuo Interchange, offering excellent access by road.
- This location is expected to bring visitors from a wide geographic area covering not only Shiga and Kyoto, but residents and tourists traveling from Osaka, Nara, Mie, Gifu and Fukui as well.
- The estimated market population for the facility within a 90-minute driving radius, including on the expressway, is approximately 10 million.
- The facility will be a strong attraction for visitors from China and other neighboring countries. There are plans to adopt the “Ginren” payment settlement service popular in China.
Wide Variety of Shops: Lineup includes 25 outlets never before seen in Japan and 49 appearing in the Kinki region for the first time
- The full complement of 165 shops at the facility holds appeal for a wide range of customers. In addition to luxury brands, the lineup includes shops that specialize in sophisticated fashion from Japan and other countries, children’s goods, family, outdoor, sports, fashion accessories, cosmetics, general merchandise, and imported foods, including chocolate and other food products.
*Refer to the attachment for a complete list of shops.
Unique facility concept: “An Outlet Mall in Harmony with the Environment”
Full use of the rich natural environment to produce a space that offers enjoyment visit after visit, and a diverse range of environmental facilities
[Diverse Range of Environmental Facilities]
- The building design incorporates elements that harmonizes with the lush greenery surrounding the facility, including the use of earth colors and abundant greenery for the facility interior and walls.
- The “Center Court” at the heart of the facility is designed to emulate a lively forest bathed in sunlight that visitors can enjoy.
The Center Court forms a lively spot for events, live music and shows that brings the community together.
- The Berry Garden, a space enclosed in greenery where the seasons come to life, provides a lawn-covered plaza where people can enjoy takeout food in a picnic setting.
- Among the greenery and seasonal plants at the facility is a symbolic zelkova tree over 16 meters high, which creates a varying spectacle during the day and at night with illuminating lights, as well as a lushly green nature promenade, and walkways lined with yoshino cherry trees.
- Existing trees and plants from the building site, including the official flower of the Town of Ryuo—the purple rhododendron reticulatum—and cherry trees, have been preserved and utilized at the facility.
- The facility is equipped with a gas heat pump, an air conditioning system with low-environmental impact and power-generating capabilities.
- Approximately 2,100 low-wattage, long-lasting LED lighting fixtures are installed in public areas throughout the facility
- The facility’s floating fountain, which is expected to recreate a sense of closeness to water and improve water quality, is solar powered.
- In preparation for the next phase of the automotive society, the facility is equipped with an electric vehicle recharging station.
Food court showcasing distinctive local cuisine: Dining options include shops specializing in Omi Beef and other local ingredients and products, as well as popular food shops from across Japan’s Kansai region
- All 11 shops in the food court represent popular gourmet dining from across Japan’s Kansai region, including a pork cutlet shop produced by a restaurant from the famed Gion district of Kyoto, a shop featuring high-quality gelato produced by a local farm, an extremely popular ramen shop, and a trendy Japanese style restaurant produced by a famous chef.
- The unique lineup of restaurants and drinking establishments at the facility also includes a Japanese restaurant featuring Omi Beef raised locally in the Town of Ryuo, a top-class revolving sushi shop from Kanazawa that uses seafood caught fresh from the Sea of Japan, and a café-style shop from an Italian restaurant based in Aoyama.
- Another food attraction is Mizuumi no Eki Shiga Ryuo Oishiya-Ureshiya, a shop offering a rich selection of local delicacies for visitors to the area to enjoy and take home.
View from Berry Garden
Mall Section of the Facility
The Mitsui Fudosan Group currently operates eight outlet malls across Japan. Along with enhancing the appeal of existing facilities, the Group will also stay active in opening new facilities. Future openings include Mitsui Outlet Park Sapporo Kita-Hiroshima, scheduled to open on April 22 in Kita-Hiroshima City; Hokkaido; Mitsui Outlet Park Kisarazu Kaneda (tentative name), scheduled to open in 2012 in Kisarazu City, Chiba Prefecture; and the Group’s first overseas commercial facility project, the Ningbo Outlet Project (tentative name), in the People’s Republic of China.
[Profile of Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo]
||1178-694 Oaza Kuzushi Aza Sunayama, Ryuo-cho, Gamo-gun, Shiga Prefecture
||Approx. 180,000 m2
Approx. 500 meters from Meishin Expressway Ryuo Interchange
Two new bus lines are planned to start operation from around mid-June;
Approx. 30 min. by bus from Yasu Station, JR Tokaido Line
Approx. 30 min. by bus from Omi Hachiman Station, JR Tokaido Line
||Steel-frame construction, two stories above ground
Approx. 27,000 m2
|Gross floor area
|| Approx. 44,000 m2
|Number of shops
|| 165 (incl. 142 outlet stores)
||Approx. 5,000 (including neighboring parking lots)
|Management and operation
||LaLaport Management Co., Ltd.
|Designer and contractor
||Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co., Ltd.