Babilonas (shopping mall)

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Babilonas
Shopping mall Babilonas layout.png
Location Panevėžys, Lithuania
Opening date 28 August 2007
Developer Ogmios group
Management Justinas Lapinskas,[1] Managing Director
Owner Ogmios group
Architect Gintautas Navickas
No. of stores and services 78
No. of anchor tenants
Total retail floor area 17,981,61 m2 (21,813,16 m2 overall)
No. of floors 3
Parking 900
Website http://www.babilonas.net

Babilonas is a shopping and entertainment mall in Panevėžys, Lithuania (Klaipėdos street 143a).[2] It is a part of a wider Babilonas real estate development.

Shops and entertainment businesses[edit]

In the shopping mall there are:[3]

  • Three restaurants and a cafeteria.
  • Cinema (Forum Cinemas Babilonas, 3 cinema halls).
  • Separate hall for furniture sales (4590 sq. m).
  • Hall for entertainment and events (967 sq. m). Here, depending on the season various entertainment is offered (ice rink, trampoline jumping, sailing balls). Additionally, various events, sporting competitions and gigs take place here.
  • Electronics store (Topo centras, 1545 sq. m).
  • Chinese goods store (Azijos centras, 800 sq. m).
  • Food store (Solo, 1000 sq. m).
  • Various other stores and entertainment places (up to 400 sq. m): clothes, sports and lifestyle, drinks, books.

Furniture retail hall, cinema and the electronics store are the largest in northeastern Lithuania (Aukštaitija).

History[edit]

The construction of the shopping mall started in 2006 and ended in 2007.

In the August 2008 the mall was expanded: the cinema and several additional shops were opened.

In 2007-2008 the primary market catered by the mall was that of household goods: furniture, construction, interior décor. Other primary target market was that for entertainment (cinema, ice rink).

Since year 2009 the market orientation changed: the number of interior goods stores lowered somewhat and at the same time number of stores selling soft goods such as clothing and shoes. In 2010 a supermarket (food store) opened for the first time in Babilonas.

Image and architecture[edit]

As the name “Babilonas” means Babylon, the interior of Babilonas is modeled after the ancient Middle East. On the walls over the shop entrances there are frescoes with bulls and ancient people. In front of main entrance there are improvised columns. Inside a shopping center in a special terrarium a crocodile, named by children Babilonijus, lived for several years.

References[edit]

Coordinates: 55°43′45″N 24°18′37″E / 55.72917°N 24.31028°E / 55.72917; 24.31028