East Gate Mall, a 103 million euros investment by BALFIN Group, opened to the public in Skopje, on October 29. The new shopping mall, which is the third one in BALFIN Group’s portfolio, welcomes visitors from the country and the region, with a variety of shopping and entertainment opportunities. East Gate Mall is an inclusive mall, which positions the Macedonian capital on the European and wider shopping maps.
During the inauguration ceremony, Samir Mane, President of BALFIN Group, expressed his deep gratitude to all the participants in the process that enabled the realization of the investment. “We are opening the doors to one of the largest commercial spaces in the Balkans. We envisioned East Gate Mall to be the social and economic pole of the city of Skopje, a reference point for the citizens. BALFIN Group is one of the largest foreign investors in North Macedonia, but we do not feel like foreigners here. I want to thank the country of North Macedonia for the hospitable climate it has created to support the investments of international companies like BALFIN Group,” he said in his speech.
“East Gate Mall will be the shopping destination of the entire region. The brands and tenant mix we are offering is one of the most unique in the Balkans. East Gate Mall, with its design and quality, is currently the only fifth generation shopping center in the region,” said Arsim Papraniku, Board Member of BALFIN Group, who has closely followed the realization this investment.
East Gate Mall is the epitome of an original and multi-functional shopping center, with European standards and an architectural style of the newest generation. It is ready to welcome about 12 million visitors a year by conveying the message “You’re the center”. Located just 5 minutes from the city center and very close to the M4 highway, Skopje’s new commercial center stands out for its great dimensions, with 5 floors, a total area of about 160,000 m2, a rental space of over 57,000 m2 and 2,000 parking spaces. A total of 220 stores offer a choice of over 600 brands, 40 of which are introduced for the first time in the country.
East Gate Mall is part of the Skopje East Gate project, a 350 million euros investment by BALFIN Group in North Macedonia. This investment makes BALFIN Group one of the largest foreign investors in this country and the President of the Group, Samir Mane, one of the most significant and successful businessmen in the region.
Among many brands, East Gate Mall houses the largest Zara store in the Balkans (Zara and Zara Home), as well as regional and world-renowned brands such as Reserved, Mohito, Sinsay, Cropp, House, Armani Exchange, Calvin Klein, Kiko Milano, Pandora, Mango Man-Woman-Kids, Patrizia Pepe, XYZ, Valentino, Tods, Furla, Neptun Electronics, Dsquared2, Massimo Dutti, De Facto, Madame Coco, Babor Cosmetics, Prenatal, Reserved, Oysho, The Athlete’s Foot, Twinset and many more.
East Gate Mall is BALFIN Group’s third shopping mall in the Western Balkans region, strengthening its leading position in the retail sector in the region.