Upon completion of the first phase of the Openville mixed-use development in the fourth quarter of this year, the citizens of Timișoara will be able to enjoy new concepts of shopping and entertainment launched for the first time in the region. Developed in the vicinity of Iulius Mall Timisoara, Openville will offer – in addition to more than 100 new stores – a new concept of cinema and a variety of leisure destinations, numerous themed restaurants and cafés, with a panoramic view of the largest suspended park in Romania.
The destinations to open this autumn include Manufaktura, a venue based on a mixed-use concept and combining coffee shop, bistro and restaurant functions. Manufaktura will occupy an area spanning on approximately 210 sqm at the ground floor of the United Business Center 1 office building, opened in December 2017. The location will open in September and it will be the first outside Bucharest and the fourth one in the brand’s portfolio.
Manufaktura promises a unique experience, a venue where clients can relish beverages using the freshest “single origin” coffee, a menu inspired by international cuisine, good music and a friendly and relaxing ambiance. The new location will feature a particular style of décor, based on elements of design inspired by coffee beans, combined with materials that enhance the interior light, warmth and comfort, such as wood, brick and steel.
The brand’s offer will include five different types of “single origin” coffee of the highest quality, fresh throughout the entire preparation process – from roasting and storage all the way through grinding. Customers will be able to enjoy beverages made following classic espresso methods, as well as alternative methods such as Brew V60, Siphon, Aeropress and Chemex. Those who want to enjoy the coffee aroma at home or at the office can also have these beverages to go or can purchase coffee beans or ground coffee packed in customized packaging.
Manufaktura is not just a coffee shop, it is a mixed destination where people can eat breakfast, lunch or dinner while enjoying live music performances. Manufaktura proposes a menu inspired by international cuisine, which includes options ranging from French pastry delicacies and refined entrées all the way to pasta, salads and rich foods. Manufaktura is present in Romania with three locations in Bucharest, and its fourth will open this autumn in Timisoara.
About Openville Timisoara
The Openville development will be the primary shopping and leisure attraction in the region.
The works for the retail component were started in December 2017 and entail an additional 47,000 sqm area, which includes the expansion of Iulius Mall Timisoara and the fitting out of additional retail premises at the ground floor of the office buildings and in the park area.
Upon completion of the first phase of development, the retail component will add up to a total leasable area of 118,000 sqm.
The first phase of development of the largest mixed-use project in the west of Romania is due for completion in the fourth quarter of this year and will include: an additional retail area of 47,000 sqm, 100,000 sqm of class A office spaces, a park, a traffic underpass and more than 1,500 new parking spaces.
To this date, the Openville project includes 31,000 sqm of completed office spaces (in the UBC 1 and UBC 2 buildings), and another 19,000 sqm pending construction and to be delivered this year (in the UBC 3 building). The construction works for the fourth office building (50,000 sqm, UBC 0), as well as for an underground parking lot and the traffic underpass are due to commence over the upcoming period.
The Openville project is developed by the IULIUS and Atterbury Europe companies, adding up to an estimated investment upwards of EUR 220 million.