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Ruohonjuuri shop in Citycenter shopping centre chosen as shop of the year

Sponda Plc               
Press release        
26 February 2015 at 10:35 a.m.

Ruohonjuuri shop in Citycenter shopping centre chosen as shop of the year

The Ruohonjuuri shop in the shopping centre Citycenter, which is owned by Sponda, was chosen as the shop of the year 2015 at the Retail Awards gala.

– Ruohonjuuri’s fresh and new retail concept has brought a traditional ecological shop into the 2010s, says jury member Thea Ekholm from Kaupan Maailma magazine, explaining the decision.  According to the jury, Ruohonjuuri’s retail concept has made it easier for regular consumers to enter an ecological shop and become familiar with an ecological way of life.

Ekokauppa Ruohonjuuri’s newest retail space is located in the heart of Helsinki in Citycenter. In 2014, Ruohonjuuri leased the premises from Sponda and established a state-of-the-art shop that combines friendly customer service with an experience-oriented approach. The shop sells ecological personal health products, organic cosmetics, organic food and deli meals. The meals are prepared on-site in the shop’s own kitchen on the ecological and energy-efficient premises. Ruohonjuuri plans to expand the service selection of the shop and start a beauty salon and a phytonomy section.

– This award is a great thing and a very important acknowledgement for us. It shows that we have listened to our customers and have succeeded in launching our new retail concept, says Arto Ranta-aho, Managing Director of Ruohonjuuri.

Watch the video and get to know Ruohonjuuri’s state-of-the-art retail premises: https://vimeo.com/112996391

The Retail Awards for the Finnish retail trade were awarded for the sixth time on 25 February 2015 at Messukeskus, Expo and Convention Centre Helsinki, at the Myymälä event. The Retail Awards launched by Kaupan Maailma magazine and easyFairs aim to create an event which annually gives recognition to Finnish success stories in the retail trade.

The winners of the Retail Awards 2015 were selected by a jury consisting of representatives of trade associations and various interest groups. easyFairs and Kaupan Maailma magazine were also represented on the jury.

Citycenter is a rapidly developing shopping centre located at a major traffic hub in a prime location in the heart of Helsinki. Thanks to its excellent location, it benefits from a continuous flow of customers throughout the day.

Sponda Plc

Additional information:
Henrik Stadigh, Shopping Centres, Director, tel. +358 50 324 2800

Sponda Plc is a property investment company specialising in commercial properties in the largest cities in Finland. Sponda’s business concept is to own, lease and develop retail and office properties and shopping centres into environments that promote the business success of its clients. The fair value of Sponda’s investment properties is approximately EUR 3.1 billion and the leasable area is around 1.2 million square metres.