• Located in the heart of Rennes, the 3 Suns shopping center is considered the ugliest building in the city.
  • Its attendance is also losing speed with many empty commercial cells.
  • Often mentioned, its modernization is on track with a start of work scheduled for 2024.

A poll conducted by 20 Minutes on Twitter had ranked it in 2020 as the "ugliest" building in Rennes, far ahead of the judicial city and the Social Security tower. It must be said that the 3 Suns shopping center does not shine by its modernism. Nor by its dynamism. Inaugurated in 1979, the center and its sublime wavy brown smoked façade has taken a big blow.


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Inside, it's not much better with morbid lighting and many empty commercial cells. Wedged between the slab of Colombier and the esplanade de Gaulle, the place has assets. Starting with its geographical location with a metro station at its feet and the heart of the city and the train station nearby.

"Beautiful brands already interested"

Often mentioned, the modernization of the 3 Suns finally seems to be on track with a building permit application that has just been filed and a start of work scheduled for 2024. "We are going to carry out a complete facelift, outside and inside," says Agnès Legros, director of the retail branch of the Giboire group, one of the many co-owners of the 6,500 m² building that will be responsible for its marketing.

To attract brands looking for space in the city center, the current small cells will be combined to have "commercial cells between 150 and 300 m²." Some brands like Carrefour Market will remain on site but for the rest, there may be a lot of change. "We already have beautiful brands that are interested," says Agnès Legros, refusing to reveal more until the modernization project, valued at several million euros, is not finalized. "Once the work is completed, the 3 Suns will become a major hub of downtown commerce," she says.

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  • Rennes
  • Downtown
  • Brittany
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