Delhaize opens first supermarket in church


Delhaize opent voor het eerst supermarkt in kerk

Delhaize opens first supermarket in this church

Delhaize wants to be a supermarket building in the monumental Sint-Annakerk in Ghent’s city centre. The plan is Thursday by the Ghent schepencollege referred to as the best of five submitted herbestemmingsprojecten.

In april the Ghent city council, a call for herbestemmingsprojecten in the St. anne’s church, falcon in the South. A challenging project because the building is classified and there is extensive restoration work was necessary.

The Consortium Market hall, a partnership which also Delimmo (the vastgoedpoot Delhaize) is a part, Thursday is referred to as the preferred bidder.

The exact interpretation of the site has yet to be worked out, but after the restoration will include a supermarket. The first in a church in Flanders, says Delhaize’s spokesman Roel Dekelver. The plans have already received the blessing of the bishop of Ghent, Luc Van Looy.

The city of Ghent is working for the project together with investment company PMV to the plans to review. A few phases have yet to be gone through and also a price proposal must be submitted. It is also not yet decided whether, ultimately, a sale and purchase agreement will be terminated, or a leasehold of 99 years.

The St. anne’s church, designed by architects Louis Roelandt and Jacques Van Hoecke, opened its monumental doors in 1869, and is a protected cityscape. The ground floor is tweeduizende square meters large.