Fethiye’s newest attraction, the 20,000m2 Erasta shopping centre, was officially opened on Friday 13th June to a large crowd of excited and curious shoppers.
Whilst the crowd waited waited patiently under the hot morning sun a young man dealt with any remaining scraps of litter.
Meanwhile others were already discovering the delights of Turkey’s favourite coffee franchise, Kahve Dünyası .
All were eagerly anticipating the official opening of Fethiye’s first AVM (Aliş Veriş Merkezi), shopping mall, or as the local name would say, Shopping and Lifestyle Centre. But before the doors opened for the first time to the public there were speeches, applause and prayers.
Some half and hour later, after a red ribbon had been cut, the world of air-conditioned indoor shopping became a reality for the hundreds of people who streamed past the security guards and caught their first glimpses of the treats in store.
The outside, on the other hand, has dramatically changed the character of the district, that only a relatively short time ago was Fethiye’s run down wholesale fruit and vegetable market. Now, Fethiye has an architectural creation of which any country in the world would be justifiable proud.
The opening continued with an official tour of the shops, more ribbon cutting and an animated performance by models wearing some of the more elaborate clothes on sale!
Nurettin Eroğlu, the chairman of Eroğlu Holdings, the company behind the 80 million Turkish Lira Erasta shopping mall, told Fethiye Times that he thought that Fethiye was ready for a quality enterprise of this kind a sentiment that every person asked at the opening whole heartedly agreed.
By no means all of the premises have been rented but it was already clear to everyone that if the quality of the current stores are anything to go by, and the ones still fitting out, there could soon be some great shopping opportunities for shopaholics and those in need of retail therapy. There will also be a cinema opening in due course.
For the time being there is a Deichmann shoe shop, a Gratis, two coffee shops, a variety of global branded clothes shops for men and women, as well as a few Turkish ones, a MMM Migros, and for those with a weakness for the stuff, two fountains of chocolate; one white and the other dark. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) they weren’t quite ready when FT visited.
Outside, on the viewing platform at the side of Erasta, FT found Süleyman Akkaş and Nihal Şenkaya Akkaş, of the Istanbul firm of architects S N Mimarlik, who designed Fethiye’s new landmark, together with Creative Manager of Eroğlu Holdings, E Sedef Yılmaz. With Fethiye slowly changed from a village to a town and now it seems it is transforming it a city. maybe they were thinking about what to design next… a sports’ centre, perhaps?
Where is the new shopping centre?
The new shopping centre is near to the town bus station (Otogar) on Oludeniz Cadessi.