ANSEONG, South Korea--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The new Starfield Anseong, the second joint venture between Taubman Asia and Shinsegae Property, opened today in Anseong, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. The one million square foot, modern shopping, entertainment and dining destination is Taubman Asia’s fourth successful development project. It will serve as the primary mall for Anseong, one of the fastest-growing areas of South Korea.
Starfield Anseong is nearly 100 percent leased, with over 90 percent of tenants open, and is expected to be fully occupied by year-end. The mall is anchored by Shinsegae Factory Store, E-Mart, Toy Kingdom and successful entertainment concepts, including Aquafield, Sports Monster and Megabox, an upscale cinema. Starfield Anseong also offers 280 of the most in-demand fashion, dining and entertainment concepts. In response to the global pandemic, the mall has implemented a wide variety of enhanced safety protocols in accordance with legal requirements.
“Starfield Anseong represents the best of the collective expertise of Shinsegae Property and Taubman Asia,” said Paul Wright, president, Taubman Asia. “We are pleased to offer this impressive assortment of retail, dining and entertainment experiences to customers in Gyeonggi.”
“Starfield Anseong will serve customers in the southern region of Gyeonggi and will meet the high expectations of the local residents following the successful opening of Starfield Hanam and Starfield Goyang,” said Young-rok Lim, president, Shinsegae Property. “With a high priority on customer safety, we are certain our customers will experience a true shopping theme park previously unseen anywhere in the region. Starfield Anseong’s diverse offerings such as children’s education, entertainment and food and beverage facilities, which have proven popular in other Starfield facilities, have been strengthened and together with other popular brands making their regional debuts, are all gathered in one place.”
Shopping & Dining
Starfield Anseong’s wide variety of prominent international brands includes Zara, Nike, Uniqlo, H&M, Vans, COS, Guess, Adidas, BMW, Patagonia, Camper, Polo Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, West Elm and Under Armour. Popular national brands such as SPAO, Genesis, Beanpole, Studio Tomboy, Jaju, Casamia, Wonder Place and Hanssem are also featured. Approximately 100 of the mall’s brands are the first store of the kind in this region of Greater Seoul.
The mall has dedicated 113,000 square feet to dining options, including Gourmet Street’s eight restaurants and the Eatopia food court featuring 21 unique food kiosks, optional outdoor seating and views of the neighborhood park.
City Market, anchored by No Brand Supermarket, offers 15 additional casual dining options, a deli and nine specialty food concepts that include a wine shop, a butcher and a bakery. Other dining destinations include Sanghaeru, Tokkijung, Lobster Bar, No Brand Burger and Mansukjang.
Entertainment & Experiences
Starfield Anseong offers many entertainment options and experiences, including a 48,000 square foot Megabox cinema with seven screens, a 28,000 square foot Sports Monster sportsplex with everything from rock climbing to basketball, and a 98,000 square foot Aquafield indoor/outdoor water park and spa. Concepts focused on children’s entertainment include Champion 1250X and Sang Sang Sketch Play.
About Starfield Anseong
Starfield Anseong is a new shopping, dining and entertainment destination that is anchored by Shinsegae affiliate retail brands, a waterpark, cinema and entertainment facilities. The mall is located near Samsung Electronics’ new, 31 million square foot Pyeongtaek factory with over 100,000 employees. The mall caters to the surrounding four high-growth cities - Pyeongtaek, Anseong, Asan and Jincheon - in Greater Seoul. The mall has parking for over 4,400 vehicles and is located near the Pyeongtaek train station. It also has excellent freeway access and can be reached by the Gyeongbu Expressway (links Seoul to Busan) and the Pyeongtaek-Jecheon Expressway (connects to Eastern Korea).
About Shinsegae Property
Shinsegae Property is a comprehensive real estate development corporation that is focused on maximizing the value of Shinsegae Group’s real estate assets through not only commercial real estate development projects in Korea and overseas but also efficient asset operation and management. Shinsegae Group is a retail company with 41 subsidiary companies and has recorded sales of KRW 29 trillion and the total asset amount of KRW 44 trillion in 2019. Shinsegae Group has been leading the new trends in Korean retail offering the first department store, the first discount retailer and the first premium outlet in South Korea. Shinsegae Group has two primary businesses, Shinsegae department store and E-mart. Shinsegae department store operates 12 stores and E-mart operates 160 stores in South Korea, one store in Vietnam and three stores in Mongolia, following the first store in 1993 (as of Dec 2019).
Taubman Centers is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 26 regional, super-regional and outlet malls in the U.S. and Asia. Taubman’s U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry. Founded in 1950, Taubman is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Taubman Asia, founded in 2005, is headquartered in Hong Kong. www.taubman.com.
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