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2015-04-23

Kesko Oyj: Haahtela-rakennuttaminen Oy to be in charge of project management for Kesko's Itäkeskus project

KESKO PRESS RELEASE 23.04.2015 AT 10.00 1(2)

Kesko has chosen Haahtela-rakennuttaminen Oy as its partner to implement the
construction project of the new commercial centre in Itäkeskus, Helsinki.

In the project, Haahtela will be responsible for the project management of
building work, which includes planning control, purchases, management of
contracted-out construction work, rental support functions and the duties of
the main implementer.

- Choosing Haahtela as our partner was essentially based on our earlier good
experiences of cooperation with them and the competent project personnel able
to carry out demanding construction projects provided by Haahtela for the
project, saysAntti Palomäki
, Kesko's District Director for the Greater Helsinki Area.

For Kesko, another important factor was that project management service as the
method of implementation allows changes to be made in the course of
construction, which are typical of shopping centre projects, and that the
partner has sophisticated project management practices and tools for handling
them.

- We are confident that in cooperation with Haahtela, we will implement the
construction project in a manner which generates added value also to the
tenants at the shopping centre and subsequent business requirements, says
Palomäki.

- It is great to have the opportunity to implement such a significant, visible
and demanding construction project with Kesko. This site is a continuation of
our projects serving the trading sector which we have carried out
successfully applying the project management model, says ProfessorYrjänä
Haahtela
, Managing Director of Haahtela-rakennuttaminen Oy.

Kesko will build a new and modern commercial centre on the site of the current
K-citymarket in Itäkeskus. The centre and its services, to be built in
phases, will have a special focus on food, enjoyable leisure time and
encounters. After completion, the new centre will provide its customers with
a superior shopping experience and enterprises with the most advanced
environment in the country for multi-channel entrepreneurship.

The commercial centre to be built in eastern Helsinki has been designed by the
architect firm Lahdelma&Mahlamäki Oy. The first phase of the commercial
centre will be completed at the end of 2017. It will have a floor area of
26,000 square metres and the capital expenditure will be about €100 million.
The employment impact of the first phase will be about 250 person-years
during the next two years.

The second phase of the project is estimated to be completed in 2019 and it
will accommodate, for example, a Finnkino cinema complex.

The K-citymarket hypermarket operating on the site will serve customers
throughout the construction project. At present, new parking spaces are being
built for K-citymarket's customers and changes necessitated by the
construction work are being made in the current K-citymarket. The new
building will mainly be located on the car park of the current K-citymarket.

Further information is available from
:
Antti Palomäki, Director of Kesko's Greater Helsinki District, tel. +358 50
656 17
Professor Yrjänä Haahtela, Managing Director of Haahtela-rakennuttaminen Oy,
tel. +358 400 402 559

Illustrative drawings of the shopping centre may be downloaded at:
http://bit.ly/1QmhiSd

www.i3.fi

Kesko (www.kesko.fi) is one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in
the World. We are a retail specialist whose chains have about 2,000 stores in
the Nordic and Baltic countries, Russia, and Belarus. Our stores offer
quality to the daily lives of consumers.

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Source: Kesko Oyj via Globenewswire

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