Kadrija Pudova will become the Managing Director of Spice shopping complex

20.12.2018

Kadrija Pudova will take over the position from longtime Managing Director Iveta Lāce and become the Managing Director of Spice shopping complex as of 20 December 2018. Spice has continuously increased its turnover and is working on development projects of the complex to keep and strengthen its position among the strongest shopping centres in Riga.

„On behalf of Supervisory Board of Spice shopping complex we wish to thank Iveta Lāce for her very significant contribution to the growth and development of our company. Directed by her, the shopping complex Spice has become one of the leading and most preferred shopping centres in Latvia, it has achieved the highest international and local recognition winning the International Council of Shopping Centres ICSC award for the best marketing campaigns, and for several years, it has been ranked among the TOP 100 most valuable companies in Latvia. Iveta has managed Spice shopping complex since the very first years, under her leadership Spice Home has been developed and several Spice extensions completed, all of which have successfully started up and strengthened Spice complex as a whole. We are saddened to see Iveta leave but we are grateful for her strong efforts in developing shopping centre Spice since 2002. We wish Iveta every success in her future endeavours,” said Taavi Ojala, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Spice complex.

“I am pleased with what the Spice complex has achieved by now. It is a customers’ most-loved shopping mall as well as the most effective shopping complex with the highest sales per square metre. Over the past seven years, the turnover of tenants of the complex has been constantly growing. In tandem with the Spice team, we have managed to create a different, unique mix of brands by attracting a good number of store brands, not represented in other shopping malls. I think that Spice today is at the peak of its development history, and all preconditions have been provided for its further successful growth. Spice has assembled and is led by a really committed top management team, and, therefore, I believe this is a suitable time for me to hand over the management to my successor, and to meet new personal and career challenges. I would like to thank the team, wishing the new leadership a fresh vision, boundless energy and good intuition for the implementation of further development plans,” said Iveta Lāce.

Kadrija Pudova has worked in Spice from the beginning of 2012 as a Marketing Manager and thereafter as a Lease Manager, knowing very well Latvian retail market, Spice team and tenants. We wish Kadrija success in her new position.

“I am honored to accept the Supervisory Board´s offer to lead shopping complex Spice, its team and development. I believe Spice is well-positioned and has the power and means to successfully face market challenges next years and strengthen its position more than ever,” said Kadrija Pudova.

Spice complex has continuously increased its turnover and in 2018 there has been opened several new stores and concepts. In Spice centre new stores and concepts have been opened on more than 2,000 square metres (Accessorize, Armani Exchange, Quintessence Haute Perfumeries, XS toys, Eiropas apavi) and in Spice Home on almost 9,500 square metres (new Duni, new Elkor Home and Elkor tehnika flagship stores, Alan Deko flagship store and new enlarged Dino Zoo and enlarged Lattelecom concept). We are working on the project for the interior and exterior renovation of existing facilities in the mall, as well as a Spice expansion project, which includes new Spice Wellness beauty, wellness, health and sports services centre.

Spice shopping complex (www.spice.lv and www.spicehome.lv) is one of the leading and most preferred shopping centres in Latvia with approximately 8 million visitors every year. There are over 160 stores in Spice and 50 stores in Spice Home. In addition, the complex has 14 restaurants and cafes and a 5D cinema, Baltics’ biggest playground and children’s area and a farmer’s market operating in the summer months. Close to 2,000 parking spaces make the visitor experience more convenient.

Kapitel (www.kapitel.ee), previously known as E.L.L. Real Estate, is one of the Baltics’ largest real estate companies, engaged mainly in developing and managing retail, hotel and office buildings. The group controls over 185,000 m2 in rental space. The company owns four office buildings (Delta Plaza and the Sõpruse Ärimaja office building in Tallinn, Narbuto 5 in Vilnius and I.P. Pavlova 5 in Prague) and has co-ownership in various leading shopping centres (Spice and Spice Home in Riga, Panorama in Vilnius and Viru Keskus in Tallinn). The company also owns the Nordic Hotel Forum (managed by OÜ Nordic Hotels) and, with AS Infortar, Tallink City Hotel (managed by Tallink Hotels).