Let’s get ready to welcome Grenoble’s newest baby: La Caserne de Bonne. This place opens September 15, 2010 and might just lure more than a few shoppers out of the Grand’Place mall. One thing’s for sure, with a large H&M, at least Grenoble’s mode mavens won’t have to walk so far on those stilettos to get their fashion fill. By the way, ever wanting to wear heels on cobbled streets is beyond me, but that’s another issue.
Another shop that many more locals will surely hike, bike, or skate to is Le Vieux Campeur–that’s “The Old Camper” in French. It sells oodles of outdoor gear at good prices. This one’s drawn more Web-tention (that’s a new word for “attention on the Web”) than the opening of the entire shopping center, especially from local ski sites. My checking account is already quivering in fear.
The big thing about La Caserne de Bonne isn’t just that it’s going to save shoppers a trek to Grand’Place. It’s a hugely innovative ecological project. Parking is limited to 300 places. This is where you appreciate the value of public transportation. There’s no air conditioning (no, wait, you’re not going to melt come summer) but the air will be cooled by the underground water table before breezing through the mall. The builders used wood cut from the Chartreuse mountains and made sure lots of light floods in to make shoppers feel all warm and happy inside.
Be green while dropping your green. I can live with that.
La Caserne de Bonne is located along the rue Berthe de Boissieux, a short walk from the historic center. You can also take the Tram C (Gustave Rivet or Foch-Ferrié stops), bus 13 (Marceau stop) or bus 16 (Caserne de Bonne stop). It will include 53 shops and 6 restaurants.