Have been meaning to post these pictures since 2 months ago, but always forgot it somehow.
When I moved into this apartment building 1.5 years ago the lower part of this building was under construction. They were building a new lobby and a new shopping center. I did not know what kind of “shopping center” they were making, I thought it would be some tiny stores like a supermarket, a bakery and maybe some clothing stores. Just so you know, a shopping center in Holland is usually just a small area contains some stores selling veggies, fish, and a medium supermarket chain and maybe some shoe reparation store and if you are lucky, maybe a pet store.
However, the last 1.5 years was hell for us! When my parents came here in August they were at their busiest! They started working at 7 with their hard tools and finished at 4 in the afternoon. I never really could use some sleep when I got my day off on Fridays. I was really fed up with all the noise and dust!and could not wait until it was done. I almost lost my patient I even tweeted the municipality house about the noise we all had to suffer from the construction. We then got some chocolates from the municipality as their sorry.
And as of February 2013 they were finally finished with building the lobby and major part of the shopping center. What a relief!! We now can sleep in and no more dust nor construction workers walking around in the building anymore. Finally, some peace 🙂
After. The pic was taken in the afternoon with my mobile phone so sorry for the quality ! That high building is our apartment building!
This is how the entrance looks like now. Those big automatic doors with lights are the entrance for the shopping center and the doors next to it are the stores and an entrance to our apartment. The shopping center itself is brilliant. It has many small stores, all what you need is available in that mini mall, for example; a pet store (really important because I have 2 cats), a huge supermarket (Albert Heijn XL), a couple of drugstores, a vegetable store, fish store, Douglas, clothing stores, hardware stores, banks, jewelry stores, and maanyy more. And we also have a food court! 🙂
Below is the before picture of our lobby
Our new lobby got a makeover 🙂 So happy with the result. Now we got an intercom system instead of just a door bell and new mail boxes. Besides that, we got also a new and modern elevator which operates faster and of course better.
J and I are super happy with the changes, and what makes it more convenient is that the supermarket opens daily from 8 AM to 9 PM. That is cool! Because many of the supermarkets close at 6 PM. It makes our life so much easier 😀 😀 I am loving it! And every Wednesdays we have an open market downstairs on the square, vegetables and organic cheese are sold with cheap prices. And also fresh flowers and clothes.
With all of these perks, we will be definitely living in this town for a longer period 🙂