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Printemps Heading to the French Riviera

Department store chain to open a location in Cagnes-sur-Mer in 2014.

A rendering of the future Printemps store in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France.

PARIS — Printemps will open its first store in more than three decades in a new shopping center on the French Riviera set to be completed in 2014.

The French department store chain and real estate developer Socri said the 97,000-square-foot unit, to be designed by Barcelona-based architect José Ignacio Galan, will anchor the luxury zone of the future Saint Jean de Cagnes shopping center, located in Cagnes-sur-Mer, between Nice and Cannes.

The 411,000-square-foot shopping center will seek to combine Mediterranean architectural features, such as squares and fountains, with leisure facilities similar to those found in California shopping malls. It will feature seven acres of streets, squares and green spaces, Socri said.

In addition to a luxury district of high-end brands, the center will house a contemporary-style lifestyle zone. Construction is to begin in late 2011 or early 2012.