On Thursday morning, the largest Albert Heijn hotel in Flanders opened its doors in the new Malinas shopping park in Mechelen. Long before the opening, the first customers were already lining up. The retail park was built in the R6 ring for a year.
Albert Heijn XL opened its doors to the public just before 10am. With four thousand square meters and an XL concept, the supermarket is the first of its kind. AH is one of the nineteen stores in Malinas. Until recently, several large-scale retail businesses were located near Rode Kruisplein and Guido Gezelelaan. There the shops had to pave the way for the development of a new city area around the Kerdock site.
Maneblusser City of the Mechelen brewery Het Anker is the only catering company in the shopping park. Malinas is located in Nora Tilleylaan, a new parallel road with the R6. In the summer of last year, a new junction was constructed on the N16 motorway to open the shopping park. Cyclists can access the shopping park via Vrouwvliet Road and a bridge over the R6, or via the tow lane along the Dyle and a tunnel under the R6.
Shops at Malinas are open during the week and on Saturdays from 10am-6pm or 6:30pm. Albert Heijn is open daily from 8am and is also open on Sunday mornings. Some other stores are also open on Sundays.