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Founded in 1980 in Blumenau, Santa Catarina, Almeida Junior initially acted in the real estate business. In the 1990s, the company began investing in the shopping mall segment, inaugurating its first project in 1993: Neumarkt Shopping. Today Almeida Junior is the largest shopping mall company in the South of Brazil, with six consolidated malls, all located in Santa Catarina.

The company is present in the most economically important regions of the State: Blumenau (with Neumarkt Shopping and Norte Shopping), Joinville (with Garten Shopping), Greater Florianópolis (with Continente Shopping), Balneário Camboriú (with Balneário Shopping), and Criciúma (with Nações Shopping). Currently, Almeida Junior’s six malls total 223,000 square meters of GLA (Gross Leasable Area) and more than 1,579 stores (considering the number of “Stores for Commercial Use”).

The formatting of a chain of shopping malls allowed the company to wager on a differential that no other company in the sector can offer in the State: the possibility of shopkeepers’ being in several firmly established malls in different regions, with favorable conditions for business development.

Another constant concern of Almeida Junior is with the retail mix, which respects a composition of balance between local, regional, national, and franchised operations, as well as anchor stores and megastores. All the developments are focused on performance based on five pillars: fashion, entertainment, dining, innovation, and well-being, which together converge to provide the best experience for Almeida Junior’s customers


    Almeida Junior’s malls have attracted several players from the food segment, which has greatly expanded the dining choices and brought sophisticated gourmet options to the enterprises.


    The company’s malls have become firmly established as a benchmark in fashion, offering a retail mix composed of several national and international brands present in Brazil, geared toward qualified consumers: Zara, Calvin Klein, Le Lis Blanc, John John, Brooksfield, Dudalina, Victor Hugo, Forum, Lança Perfume, Capodarte, Bobstore, Schutz, Tommy Hilfiger, Vivara, Pandora, Swarovski, Camila Klein, Lacoste, Shoulder, Track&Field, Intimissimi, Arezzo, Adidas, and many others, in addition to the presence of all the national anchor stores focused on fast fashion at all of the malls in the Almeida Junior chain.


    Almeida Junior’s shopping malls have free Wi-Fi. The malls are integrated with apps for iOS and Android smartphones, which offer complete functionality such as store locations, movie schedules with previews, sending of specific sales/promotions according to the customer-selected profile. And the parking facilities have digital identification of available spaces.


    The company reinforces its vocation as the best leisure option for customers of its malls, offering the best movie theaters in Santa Catarina, large areas for indoor entertainment, as well as a wide range of cultural programming and a calendar of events for all tastes and ages.


    The concept of well-being gets special attention at Almeida Junior’s malls. Each area is designed so that people feel comfortable, safe, and at ease. Our concern begins with the architectural design of the malls, aimed at greater use of natural light, with wide corridors and lounges that provide a pleasant feeling of well-being. Care and attention to customers are reflected in every detail.

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