Westfield CNIT unveils its new shopping offer of 45 boutiques and restaurants

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While the new RER E La Défense Grande Arche station was under construction beneath the CNIT, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield took advantage of the opportunity to renovate an entire parking level and offer new spaces to its customers. Nearly 45 stores and restaurants opened their doors in mid-May!

On Thursday May 16, 2024, customers of La Défense shopping centers and commuters to the new RER E station were finally able to discover the new stores and restaurants at Westfield CNIT.

All-new stores, but not only!

© Westfield CNIT - Alain Potignon

The Westfield CNIT center has enhanced its offering with more than 40 stores and restaurants on level -2. New additions include Aroma Zone, Normal, Etam, Pandora, Kiko Milano, Kusmi Tea, Foot Locker, LCL bank, The Magical Store and Waterdrop. French chefs have also made the area their home, with Yann Couvreur opening a café, Pierre Hermé a boutique and Alain Ducasse a chocolaterie.

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Eight new restaurants will also be opening in the coming weeks: Bo Bun House, Caravana, Crêperie Elo, Monsieur Albert, KFC, Lunicco, Paul and a new Starbucks.

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An extension to accompany the new RER E station

© Westfield CNIT - Alain Potignon

This extension on level -2 was designed by the architectural firm Cro&Cro with the support of Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield's Concept Studio. Work began in 2020, to accompany the opening of the new RER E station, La Défense Grande Arche, where over 70,000 passengers will be expected every day.

With its 9,000 m2 extension, the entire Westfield CNIT center now covers over 37,400 m² on 3 levels. In addition to shops and restaurants, it features offices, a hotel, seminar facilities such as the brand-new CNIT Forest, and a school for higher education.

A building in perpetual transformation

© Westfield CNIT - Alain Potignon

The CNIT was inaugurated in 1958 by architects Robert Camelot, Jean de Mailly, Bernard Zehrfuss and Jean Prouvé as the Centre National de l'Industrie et des Technologies.The very first building in La Défense, it hosted exhibitions and trade fairs for over 20 years. In 1988, as the business district was expanding rapidly, the CNIT was extended for the first time and completely renovated to accommodate offices, a hotel and a shopping area.

Between 2006 and 2009, Unibail-Rodamco, the new owner of the site, began restructuring the CNIT. New office and retail spaces were created. The building's emblematic vault was retained, but remodeled to bring in more light and space.

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