PingProperties gets the final go-ahead for the redevelopment of Carnisse Veste shopping centre in Barendrecht


PingProperties has now received the definitive permit under the Environment and Planning Act for Carnisse Veste shopping centre in Barendrecht. Now that the six-week period for objections has passed, the building plans can be rolled out. More than two years ago PingProperties began developing its business plan for Carnisse Veste with the aim of making the shopping centre future-proof. PingProperties is therefore delighted that it can now put its plans into action.


With the redevelopment of the shopping centre, space is being created on the upper floor for a new Lidl supermarket. There are already two full-service supermarkets in the shopping centre, but no discounter. Lidl makes a healthy and sustainable lifestyle affordable and accessible for everyone, something that is much needed in the wider Carnisselande district. Seven current tenants will be moving to other units in the shopping centre to make room for Lidl, which will occupy the space currently occupied by Kruidvat and Kruithof Optiek. The shopping centre will then be fully let.


‘Until now, the ground floor of Carnisse Veste was doing very well, but the upper floor was struggling with declining footfall and more and more vacant units. With the arrival of Lidl as the third supermarket and first discounter, a lot is going to change in Carnisse Veste shopping centre’, says Sander Rovers, investment manager at PingProperties. The supermarket will act as a crowd puller on the upper floor, together with the other current tenant and popular store, Action. As a result, the busy flow of visitors will finally reach the upper floor as well. Other tenants on the upper floor will benefit and the shopping centre as a whole can look forward to a long and sustainable future.


A travelator will soon form the new link between the two floors and the basement car park. The shopping centre will then be an integrated whole, with everything accessible with a single shopping trolley. In order to create space for the moving walkway, the arcade on the ground floor will be extended to where the old escalator stood. The layout of the car park will be altered accordingly, which will also improve safety in the car park. A small extension will be added to the supermarket for a canteen and internal systems. Deliveries will be made via the existing internal delivery lanes which will keep noise and inconvenience to a minimum.


All the work will be done in phases and the centre will remain open and accessible to the public as usual during the entire renovation period.


About Lidl
As part of the Schwarz Group, Lidl is one of the leading businesses in the food sector in Europe. The organization currently has more than 12,000 stores and 200 distribution and logistics centres in 31 countries.


Lidl opened its first stores in the Netherlands in 1997. Lidl Netherlands has now grown to become an organization with around 440 stores throughout the country, and a webshop for non-food products. Under the motto ‘Big on quality, Lidl on price’, Lidl offers a responsible range of food and non-food products that are selected with consideration for people, animals and the environment.


Lidl makes a sustainable and healthy lifestyle affordable and accessible for everyone. At Lidl, customers automatically choose a more sustainable product. As a future-proof organization, Lidl makes sustainability an integral part of its business practice: it builds sustainably, reuses residual streams and tackles food waste. Lidl wants the best for its customers and the world around it; today and in the future. That is why Lidl is committed to increasing its positive impact and reducing any negative impact on society and the environment, working together with its suppliers, staff, partners and customers. For further information about Lidl’s sustainability policy and initiatives, go to


PingProperties’ convenience retail strategy
PingProperties invests in convenience retail in district shopping centres. It believes in a strategy with a strong mix of tenants focusing on a constant exchange of people, goods and services. Concentrating on a more complete range for day-to-day shopping, together with strong chain stores focusing on complementary offerings, local heroes and public amenities, will lead to a better-performing shopping centre. Maarten Matze, CIO of PingProperties: ‘With this strategy our organization anticipates a huge growth potential for Carnisse Veste’.

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