Akmerkez was built and commissioned on December 18,1993 by the joint venture of the Akkök, Tekfen and Istikbal groups. 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. 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. 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.
In 1995, Akmerkez was selected as "The Best Shopping Center in Europe" by the International Council of Shopping Centers, ICSC. In the competition organized by this same council, Akmerkez received the " Best Shopping Center In The World" award in 1996. It also received the highest accolade given by the ICSC the International Design and Development Award. Akmerkez is the first shopping center in the world to receive both of the above mentioned awards. In 1999, Akmerkez received the ICSC Solal Marketing Award in the "Community Relations" category. In March 2001, Akmerkez received a second ICSC Solal Marketing Award in the same category for the "Exterior Windows Display Contests". ICSC Maxi Award, which was granted in October 2001 for the "Exterior Windows Contest", is the most recent accomplishment of Akmerkez.
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 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.
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.
After a brief introductions let's have a look at the mall :