Carrefour to open in Union Square metro station

Move comes as Dubai RTA looks to expand capacity at stations

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Retail giant Carrefour will open its first ever outlet inside a Dubai Metro station, at Union Square this year, as the RTA looks to expand capacity at stations, The National reported.

According to a report in the paper, there are 80 companies currently located inside metro stations, including Enoc Zoom convenience stores, UAE Exchange, Marina Pharmacy and Mashreq. But these use up only 77% of the available retail space, allowing significant room for more shops.

The Green and Red Lines have 197 available retail outlets but only 152 are occupied. The National added that there are 190 locations for ATMS on the Metro, which was used by 138mn people last year.

“RTA is trying to get the best mix of tenants, not only for the riders but also to serve the area around the stations as a community centre,” said Andrew Williamson, head of retail at the professional services consultancy JLL told the paper. 

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