AWARD WINNING SHOPPING CENTER OF TURKEY : Akmerkez was built in 1993. The Akmerkez complex is established on 180,000 square meters and comprises a four story shopping area, 14 and 17 stories of office space and 23 stories of residential area. Akmerkez is open every day of the week between 10:00-22:00 and is visited by 1-1.5 million people every month (daily traffic of 40.000-45.000 during the week days and over 70.000 on weekends and holidays).
The shopping center is spread over a triangular area and is connected to the surrounding main galleries through 3 atriums. There are 41 escalators, 2 panaromic elevators, and 30 elevators which provide greater speed and access to visitors.
The cleaning, security and general maintenance is provided by a cleaning work force of 120, a security force of 146 and a technical and managerial team of 115.
Akmerkez provides a wide range of products to it''s visitors and has topped the world average of 85% occupancy with a leasing of 98%. The types of shops are determined by the "shop mix" method employed elsewhere around the world. Akmerkez, with its 246 shops, provides outstanding women''s, men''s and children''s clothing and textiles, stationery, toys, sports, shoes, eyewear and gift shops along with restaurants, cinemas, hairdressers, banks, a currency exchange office, electronic goods, orthopedic goods, car accesories, shoe shine services, a tailor, a pet shop, and a supermarket for all the shoppers''needs.
The aim of this four storied shopping center is to provide a cleaner, safer and more comfortable environment for visitors with its year round air conditioning / heating equipment, detection, warning and suppression systems, music broadcasting system, modern security systems and impeccable building automation services. Transportation services are provided free of charge to business centers and hotels nearby, allowing for a greater variety of visitors. Visitors in Akmerkez spend an average of 3,5 hours in this shopping center, the world average being 2,5 hours. The various social and cultural activities organised by Akmerkez make it more than just a shopping centre; they make it a part of a life style.