We update the ‘plinth map’ three times a year (in the Netherlands, ‘plinth’ is another name for the ground floor). ‘We want to fill the plinths of the Zuidas with all kinds of shops, facilities, bars, cafés and restaurants,’ says Den Ouden. ‘We’re open to anything! The residents of Zuidas want shops at which they can do their daily shopping, so greengrocers, fishmongers, opticians, etc. are always welcome. It’d also be nice to have a jeweller, some craftspeople, or even a salsa school! Of course, to do this, we have to help business owners to find the right premises for them. The main thing is that we’re open to anything, with the sole exception of office blocks: these would be more suitable on the upper floors. And of course, if we can attract businesses that we don’t yet have in the Zuidas, that’s a bonus!’
As plinth manager, Den Ouden is the person to speak to if you’re a business owner looking to set up shop in Zuidas. On behalf of the municipality, she maintains an overview of available premises in Zuidas. The plinth map gives business owners a convenient overview of available commercial space as well as information about the square metreage of the properties and who to contact.