The city council of Pirmasens – a city in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, famous for its history of shoe manufacturing – has recently approved the construction of the “Schuhstadt Pirmasens.” The shoe retail center, due to open there in spring 2021, will offer footwear and outdoor products within its 3,000 square meters. The shopping center was granted permission to be open 40 Sundays a year, which is not typical under German retail laws. According to the project developer, anchor tenants have already been found for more than two-thirds of the sales area, and 88 percent of the first construction phase is already rented, but the companies moving into the retail part will not be named until shortly before the opening. The entirety of the so-called shoe city (Schuhstadt means “shoe city” in German) covers 6,000 square meters and includes restaurants, housing and tourist activities. To build the new shopping center, organizers said they tore down an entire district and are building Schuhstadt Pirmasens in the style of an old shoe factory. The retail park will look like a small town, with buildings in the style of the Pirmasens factory and the Bauhaus style lining up around a central marketplace. Pirmasens was once the stronghold of shoe production in Germany. There remain a few footwear companies there today, among them Peter Kaiser, Caprice, Kennel & Schmenger, Carl Semler and Hummel Holding, with its Kangaroos and Flip Flop brands.

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