Exciting news for all shoppers looking for a seamless experience in the heart of Beirut! The wait is almost over as the much anticipated ABC Verdun gets closer to officially opening its doors on July 28th. Currently working on its final phases for its grand public opening, ABC Verdun is expected to attract locals and tourists alike.
Boasting hundreds of shops, restaurants and entertainment outlets, ABC and Bahaa Rafik Hariri Group have partnered, reaffirming their faith in Lebanon, its economy and its people. The project ABC Verdun will introduce more than 2,000 jobs to support the country’s continuous development and encourage Lebanese youth to believe in their homeland. By opening its doors in July, the prime shopping, retail and entertainment destination will be a social and economic anchor within Beirut. It is also set to unveil an exclusive range of new concepts in addition to lifestyle, entertainment, fashion, food and beverage shops.
“We are eager to welcome our first visitors in July to join us in our exciting journey. Characterized by its strong architectural signature and Mediterranean vibes, our open-air light-flooded mall will offer an urban family shopping experience with many international and local recognized retailers. Destined to become a leading mall in the region, it is the perfect vibrant place for all the visitors who flock in to meet, unwind, be entertained, have a meal, or do some shopping. Shoppers of this community mall can experience an unmatched ambience while enjoying a diversified range of F&B outlets and high-end and lifestyle brands,” said ABC Management.
Designed by Calisson RTKL, a renowned Seattle based Architecture consultancy firm who has an established and international experience in shopping malls worldwide, this state of the art venue has four strategic car entrances to ease traffic congestion and give visitors excellent access to the mall. The ecofriendly complex placed a high priority on efficient use of energy and recycling. Emphasizing the green space, ABC Verdun invested in a beautiful 1800 square meter Lebanese Garden, designed by the renowned landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic, to give the city a breathing space. Offering its visitors the chance to be closer to greenery, this innovative space features a variety of Lebanese flowers in addition to oak and olive trees. The collaboration with Man Entreprise (main contractor), Khatib & Alami (local consultant), A Consult (local architect) and DG Jones (project manager), leaders in their fields, is also a major asset for the project.
Bringing world-class shopping to this bustling neighborhood, the iconic Mall is already over 85% leased by different local and international stores and restaurants. As for the fully leased Department Store, designed by Kinnersley Kent Design, it will offer ABC visitors in Verdun a shopping experience like no other with a comprehensive line-up of premium retail brands and concepts that will undoubtedly please everyone.
In 1936, ABC laid the basis of what would become Lebanon's way of conceiving shopping and leisure and led the way in the Retail industry.
ABC was the first retail store to introduce the mall concept to the Lebanese market and has become the country's favorite brand and preferred lifestyle and shopping destination. By blending retail and entertainment, ABC has created a one-of-a-kind customer experience that attracts more than 11 million visitors per year. Through its exclusive loyalty programs, outstanding events and buzzing activities, ABC is with no doubt Lebanon's brightest example of retailtainment.
Today, the group operates 2 flagship department stores in Lebanon's prime districts, Dbayeh and Achrafieh - the latter being the region's first open air mall to meet international standards in addition to 4 retail outlets across the Lebanese Territories and Standalone boutiques for several international brands.
In 2017, ABC Verdun, the group third flagship in partnership with Bahaa Rafik Hariri Group, is set to open its doors to the public. With this new project, the group will operate 110,000 square meters of GLA (Gross Leasable area). ABC Verdun is conceived to be a prime urban retail and entertainment destination. Located in Beirut’s toniest and most strategic district, it is sure to become the new heart of shopping and leisure, asserting the group's leadership position as a retail and real estate developer in Lebanon.