Named ‘Schuhstadt Pirmasens’, the new shoes and leather goods outlet in Pirmasens is to cover an area of ​​6,000 sq m. The city is known as the heart of shoe manufacturing know-how in Germany and is where many footwear retailers are based. To set up the new shopping area, a whole district has been torn down and the new centre is to be built in the style of an old shoe factory. Reportedly, most of the commercial spaces available were let within a few weeks of the first announcement. Normally, German legislation does not allow retailers to open on Sundays, but Schuhstadt Pirmasens has been granted permission to open 40 Sundays a year.