Two prestigious names have taken strategic positions on Weygand
street, where the Municipality building is getting ready,
while work across the street prepares for the landscaping by
SOLIDERE of a garden on top pf the underground car park
At the corner of Riad El Solh street, in
the Farès Farra building, the Bang & Olufsen
showroom (bottom center)
signals the return to the downtown area for Debbas & Fils,
who started trading there in 1910. Roche-Bobois (bottom left)
has opened a store in the new Atrium building, at the corner of
Maarad street. High-tech products, sophisticated designs, modern
display and decoration and attractive neon signs set the trend for
the new, forward-looking city center.
Within its promotional activity relating to
third-party properties, SOLIDERE has secured the occupancy of the
Rizkallah building on lot 170 Marfaa A, in the Foch-Allenby area.
The agreement signed by the owners with Crédit Commercial de
France involves a lease with option to buy. The bank, which will
occupy all the building's upper floors, has assigned to SOLIDERE the
tasks of subletting the retail space on street level, as well as
operating and managing the entire property.
As new tenants in Maarad street, Swissair
and Sabena have joined other airline companies which have
returned to the city center, such as Middle East Airlines, Misr Air
and Tunis Air.
The Italian Embassy has occupied its
new premises in the Assicurazione Generali building in Nejmeh
Square, while the Argentinian Embassy is taking premises in
the Daouk building near Starco.
The delegate of German Industry and
Trade has taken a three-year lease in the Stephan building on
lot 1199 Marfaa B, in Riad El Solh street. The regional office of Triumph
International for Lebanon, Syria and Jordan and the Thompson
Group administration office are also tenants in the building.
The American Lebanese Chamber of
Commerce has occupied offices in the Venice Center, on lot 1153
Marfaa A, in Foch street, along with Lotus Shipping; Targetel
International, export an import company; Claude Messir,
interior decorator; Georges Karaouni, lawyer and Abdo El
Chaer, contracting company. Retail shops on street level include
Vert et Ciel, florist; Colette, ladies wear; Ammache,
perfumes; and the Golden Fork coffee shop.
Among new BCD coffee shops are Café de
l'Etoile, with a view of Nejmeh square; Café Supreme and
a second branch of Mi-Chaud snack restaurant on Maarad
street; Plat d'Or in the Asseily building on Riad El Solh
Square; and Café du Souk in Riad El Solh Street