In 2018, over 50 vending outlets, with a total area of 3,000 plus square metres, will be launched at Moscow Central Circle stations such as Delovoi Tsentr, Verkhniye Kotly, Novokhokhlovskaya, Izmailovo, Streshnevo, and Panfilovskaya. Located in ticket-hall areas, they will house pharmacies, coffee shops, mini-markets with household goods, newsagents, snack-bars, and restaurants, as well services such as key cutting and clothes and shoe repair.
The first ten outlets will be launched by late February. Online tenders will be invited for another 44 retail spaces during the first quarter of this year. Winners will sign five- or eight-year leases, depending on their line of business.
“In the first quarter of 2018, we will tender off about 38 lots for 44 vending outlets. They should open in the second quarter,” a spokesperson for the Moscow Ring Railway press service said.
The first tenders were held in the autumn of 2017 and resulted in the signing of 10 contracts. Leaseholders have begun the interior design of coffee shops and pharmacies. The new vending zones will be available at all six stations.
These are popular with passengers, the spokesperson added. For example, more than 16,000 people use Delovoi Tsentr station (City Transport Interchange Hub) every day and nearly 60,000 people are employed in the Moscow City Business Centre’s offices. Passenger traffic at Verkhniye Kotly (Varshavskoye Motorway TIH) amounts to almost 11,000 people per day.
“The MCC vending outlets are intended not only for passengers but also for residents from near-by houses. For example, the Novokhokhlovskaya TIH is located in an area lacking trade infrastructure. There are only office and administrative buildings in the vicinity of the station. At the same time, there are about 10,000 people living within 15 minutes’ walking distance,” the spokesperson added.
The Moscow Central Circle is a new type of municipal public transit, which was unveiled in September 2016. It is integrated with the metro system and actually forms its 14th line. The Circle has lifted much of the pressure from the metro and central railway stations.
The MCC has 31 stations, each with a bus, trolleybus or tram interchange capacity. Six stations offer interchanges to suburban platforms on the Moscow Railway System’s Yaroslavl, Kazan, Savyolovsky and Smolensk routes. There are high-speed Lastochka (Swallow) trains circulating along the ring in both directions. Over 120 million travels were recorded between September 2016, its launch date, and November 2017.