City Management & Retail

For a city with an experiential character and quality of stay

Our colleagues will be happy to support you in all aspects of city management, downtown and retail development in Duisburg. Please feel free to contact us!

Together with the City Management Association, DBI is working to ensure that Duisburg develops into an exciting place to stay with an attractive city center. In doing so, the City Management and Retail HUB ensures that the various facets of downtown development are considered and advanced in a holistic manner.

This includes, for example, the creation of attractive experiences with a quality of stay for residents and visitors to the city center. The planned and yet to be developed activities should lead to a positive external image of the city center. As contact persons in the retail sector, we will be happy to support you in your search for a location in Duisburg and to help you with your questions on the subject of retail in Duisburg.

Commercial Property Manager

"The transformation of city centers to a new mix of retail, culture, gastronomy and living can only be successfully shaped with the real estate owners. In this, the commercial real estate consultant is our target-oriented offer." (Rasmus C. Beck, DBI)

Who is Duisburg's new commercial real estate consultant?

Bernd-Claas Gesterkamp (53) has already started work in the city center. "I am very much looking forward to the contacts with the property owners," says Gesterkamp. In the acquisition of new customers of office tenants, the architect and project developer has nationwide experience and successes to show. The native of Recklinghausen, a passionate hunter, discovered the connection to Duisburg through his Kubikk project. On the 15,000 square meters of the C&A department store, which had been vacant for a long time, companies such as Copenhagen Coffee Lab or MyWellness have settled here thanks to intelligent planning. Gesterkamp: "It is a personal concern of mine that the metropolis on the Rhine can step out of the slipstream of neighboring cities and still remain true to itself."

What does a commercial real estate consultant do?

Making buildings used for business purposes rentable is where Gesterkamp sees his job. "My mission is to discover quality and, from the owner's point of view, to raise the potential of a property." In close cooperation with DBI's city management, Gesterkamp will conduct consultations with owners, offer workshops and hold informational events - on the topics of building maintenance, facade renovation, floor plan changes and energy renovation - following a detailed structural analysis. The goal is to create a contemporary design that is in line with the market, not only for ground-floor locations, and to modernize existing retail space. The commercial real estate consultant is to support and strengthen the existing center management unit (activation of owners, acquisition of potential users). The in-depth real estate economic-architectural expertise is the missing piece of the puzzle, which will be closed thanks to the establishment of an external commercial real estate consultancy by Bernd-Claas Gesterkamp. The contract was put out to tender by Duisburg Business und Innovation GmbH as part of the "Immediate Inner City Program" funding program of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Municipal Affairs, Building and Equality.

What is the challenge?

With this component, vacancy-related measures can now be tackled immediately to make the city center more competitive. The city centers as places of encounter and commerce are of particular importance for urban development and have come under pressure as a result of the Corona crisis. In addition, the deficits of "built vacancy" - i.e. buildings that are no longer up to date - must be eradicated. Bernd-Claas Gesterkamp: "I want to identify obstacles with a fresh eye in order to develop new momentum here."

Immediate program city center

Now also available for city districts!

The Anmietungsfond has now been extended to the districts of Ruhrort, Homberg and Rheinhausen.

The concentration areas in which the Anmietungsfonds can be applied are available when you download the application form

The initial situation

Our city centers are of particular importance for urban development. In order to strengthen the survival and preservation of our traditional city centers during and after the Corona crisis, the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia has launched the Immediate City Center Program.

The structural change in the stationary retail trade, which has been the focus of attention for some time and which has been intensified by the Corona pandemic, urgently needs help! The increasing number of chain stores, the shift of shopping to online business and now also the pandemic are leading to more and more vacancies. The attractiveness of the centers is dwindling and a downward spiral may be set in motion.

The idea

The Downtown Immediate Action Program now gives new concepts the opportunity to settle in locations that were previously unaffordable for start-ups. In the direct city center!

Through a subsidized rent of up to 80% of the old rent, exciting retail concepts, pop-up stores, start-ups and restaurateurs or service providers can now rent in the vacancies. The eligible size of the retail space is limited to 300 m². The term of the project is limited until December 31, 2023.

The goal

We want to enable new and young concepts to try out locations that are otherwise unaffordable. The goal is to enable success and to be able to keep the entrepreneurs at the location even after the end of the Downtown Immediate Action Program. Another important goal is to reduce vacancies.

Application procedure & requirements

The application procedure

Applications can be submitted immediately. A jury decides who will move into the available stores and with which concept. It is also possible to combine several concepts - the eligible size of the store is limited to 300 m².


The requirements

  • It must not be a relocation of a business already located in the city center.
  • Only companies/individuals registered as businesses will be considered.
  • Preference will be given to concepts that increase foot traffic
  • Allowed are concepts

from the retail sector (also StartUps or PopUp-Stores)

Gastronomy concepts

Service concepts with public traffic

Farm stores (for the sale of regional agricultural products)

Showrooms (also for online concepts)

Cultural uses with public traffic (e.g. studios)

Concepts that promote civic and/or neighborhood involvement (e.g. RepairCafes)

Further future-oriented concepts

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