Back in September 2011, I wrote an illustrated post about the building work going on to create a large new supermarket on the site of a former bus depot that lies adjacent to the Rezidence Podbaba estate where we live. It was entitled Kaufland prichází! – Kaufland arrives! Well now it is Kaufland je tady! – Kaufland has arrived! On Thursday 31st May 2012, our long awaited Kaufland supermarket finally opened.
As part of the development, as I illustrated in my earlier post, the main section of the former bus depot with its curved roof has been retained and renovated. Then alongside has been built a wholly new two-storey building. This new building houses the supermarket with the former bus depot building now providing a large uncover parking area.
At the back of the development, a further undercover area has been created between the old and new buildings, to allow for large delivery trucks to unload their goods. Then the surrounding steep bank has been tidied up and suitably landscaped with the planting of numerous new trees.
Below is the photograph I took of the rear of building back in September 2011 which also appeared on my earlier post.
And here is a similar view taken mid-May 2012, about ten days before the new supermarket opened, showing the completed new building and new undercover delivery area.
Here is a September 2011 view of the side of the former bus depot building, also taken from my earlier post.
And the mid-May 2012 view for comparison. Note the workmen completing the re-roofing of the building.
Here are two more very contrasting views, this one below being once more from September 2011.
Whilst this is the view of the vehicular and pedestrian entrance to the newly opened supermarket taken a few days ago in early June 2012.
It is really impressive to see the considerable effort that has been made to preserve the original bus depot building and restore it to its former glory. It does provide a large area of undercover parking which will be a boon to shoppers when it rains, and especially in winter, when it snows. This newly erected plaque explains the history of the building.
It reads in translation:
This bus depot of the Electric Company of the City of Prague was built according to the design of J. Žák and Ing. A. Janda in 1931-1932. The building has a unique, large-span lattice structure roofing of the main hall, measuring 68.4 m The garage served for parking of municipal buses until 2005. The new owner, the Intercora company, conducted a conversion of the premises into a Kaufland shopping centre between 2010-2012. In the process, the garage hall has been retained, including its original steel structure, and in line with its original function, is now used for customer parking.
My thanks to my good friend Katka Bánová for this translation.