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GSE Group invests in the Les Cailloux business zone in Calais

On Thursday 17 December 2015, Thierry Chambellan, Managing Director of GSE’s engineering division, and Natacha Bouchart, Mayor of Calais, Senator for the Pas-de-Calais and President of Calais Promotion, laid the first stone of the Calaistones retail park in the Les Cailloux business zone.

This commercial complex, which will open in the summer of 2016, covers a surface area of 10,000m² and will complement existing shopping options for personal and household goods.

Three leading brand names have already committed to this new project and all three have announced their intention to buy their own unit. Intersport and Orchestra, who already have a presence in Calais, will double their retail space as a result of this new venture, while L’Incroyable will be opening its first store in the town.

With this new project, the GSE Group will be undertaking its second building project in Calais. A few months ago the company worked with the Lyon-based property promoter, DCB International, on the construction of a new 4,200m² call centre for the armatis-lc group. GSE has been operating in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region for the past 30 years, with over 800,000m² of commercial properties to its name. GSE is an engineering company which specialises in the design/construction of business premises.

Meanwhile, EOL, a company specialising in business real estate consultancy, has been chosen to handle the development and marketing of the retail park.

Fundimmo will finance the commercial aspect of the project. This French crowdfunding financed company was created in 2014 and is registered as a crowdfunding investment consultant by the Autorité des Marchés Financiers regulatory body. An alternative to the traditional property sector, its aim is to widen access to finance and property investment. The Calais retail park project is one of the first property products to have aroused the interest of investors. Funding was achieved in 10 days with a total of €150,000 raised.

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