New Jumbo supermarket to open in Rotterdam's Wijnhaven district

New Jumbo supermarket to open in Rotterdam's Wijnhaven district

ROTTERDAM, 29 March 2022 – On 24 May, Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo is set to open a new branch at Wijnhaven 73 Z in Rotterdam, marking the eleventh Jumbo location in the city.


Jumbo is a family-owned business with a rich entrepreneurial history dating back to 1921. Now the second-largest supermarket chain in the Netherlands, Jumbo serves over 10 million customers annually across more than 700 stores and via its online platform.


Branch manager Bart Schop is proud of the new store and eagerly anticipates its opening: “Our store team is fully prepared to provide residents of the Rotterdam Wijnhaven area with an enjoyable shopping experience. They will soon have ample choice from the varied assortment in the new store,” he said enthusiastically.

The new Jumbo store will allow customers to experience the company's formula first-hand, according to Cees van Vliet, Operational Director at Jumbo Supermarkets: “We are very proud to soon open this new Jumbo store in Rotterdam. We aim for more than 100 percent customer satisfaction based on our successful Jumbo formula, which combines a large assortment, the best service, and competitive pricing. This ambition can only be achieved with the enthusiasm, expertise, and dedication of our employees.”


HEMA products

In addition to Jumbo's offerings, customers can also shop a selection of HEMA products in the new store, making shopping more enjoyable and convenient. Items available will include HEMA cookware, tableware, tights and socks, hair accessories, stationery, tea towels, glasses, party items, and candles. HEMA non-food items will also be available on


Job vacancies

The new Jumbo store is currently seeking enthusiastic employees, with a recruitment campaign already underway. More information on employment opportunities with Jumbo can be found on the company's website.

First Royal Championships Queen & King of the Court kicks off in Rotterdam

First Royal Championships Queen & King of the Court kicks off in Rotterdam

Photo credit: Sportworx/Pim Waslander

The BetCity Royal Championships Queen & King of the Court began in Rotterdam on Tuesday with a striking display of athleticism. Five beach volleyball players from Beachvolleybal Team Nederland descended from the Euromast while playing beach volleyball to mark the start of the largest Queen & King of the Court event ever held in the port city, taking place from 5 to 10 September.


The Euromast served as the backdrop for the presentation of the inaugural world championship in the beach volleyball discipline, Queen & King of the Court. This year's event marks the culmination of the sport's growth since its inception as a test event in 2017. The 2023 Crown Series now boasts six international events, with the Royal Championships being the pinnacle of the season.


Top Beach Volleyball Talent Gather in Rotterdam

In both the men's and women's divisions, 30 world-class beach volleyball teams will compete in Rotterdam for the prestigious crowns. A total of 120 players from over 25 countries will participate in the event, vying for the titles of Queen and King of Rotterdam.


Rotterdam Event to Span Multiple Venues

Matches will be held at five locations across the city, with the Royal Stadium at Henegouwerplein serving as the event's heart. The side-courts, which offer free entrance, are located at Afrikaanderplein, Museumpark, Schuttersveld, and Beachclub Rotterdam. Matches at the Royal Stadium will take place from Wednesday until the finals on Sunday, 10 September. Tickets go on sale on King's Day, and pre-registration begins today.


King's Day Celebrations

King Willem-Alexander's birthday celebrations in Rotterdam on 27 April will have the theme "We are all Kings & Queens," aligning with the spirit of the Queen & King of the Court event. Organiser Sportworx will attend the festivities, with further plans yet to be disclosed.


Lasting Community Impact

Following the tournament, the side-courts in various Rotterdam districts will remain in place, hosting numerous side-events in collaboration with Sportbedrijf Rotterdam and Rotterdam SportSupport. The Royal Stadium will also continue to host various sporting and cultural events for over two weeks.


Accessible to All

The Royal Championships welcome everyone to attend. Matches can be viewed for free at the side-courts, or tickets can be purchased for the Royal Stadium at Henegouwerplein. The event will also be broadcast live on television in over 30 countries and available for streaming on King of the Court TV. Ticket registration is now open, with sales beginning on King's Day, 27 April.

Sportworx CEO Wilco Nijland expressed his amazement at the sport's growth in just six years, saying, "It is extraordinary that something you came up with as a joke grows into a World Cup." Peter Blangé, CEO of Rotterdam Topsport and 1996 Olympic champion, welcomed the Queen & King of the Court community to Rotterdam, highlighting the city's long-standing connection with volleyball and the unique set-up of the event, which allows local residents to engage with the sport in their neighbourhoods.

Matelief opens its doors in Rotterdam's Oude Haven

Matelief opens its doors in Rotterdam's Oude Haven

ROTTERDAM, 28 March 2023 - Matelief, a maritime-themed restaurant, has opened in Rotterdam's Oude Haven. Named after 16th-century female shipowner Maria Matelief, the establishment offers a diverse menu and stunning views of Willemsbrug and Witte Huis.


In Rotterdam's picturesque Oude Haven, the restaurant Matelief has opened its doors. Located directly on the water with a terrace, it offers views of the ships, the Witte Huis, and the Willemsbrug. The iconic location has celebrated Rotterdam's seafaring history with artwork depicting sea heroes by artist Barre Verkerke. The restaurant, once the Maritime Pub, has undergone an extensive renovation.

Spokesperson Pablo Cortes Garcia has discussed the transformed establishment, noting its well-designed interior, diverse menu, and scenic views as key features for visitors to enjoy: “After an intensive renovation, we can now proudly welcome our guests. We worked very hard with the team to create a beautiful restaurant. From the interior to the menu and the beautiful view; Matelief is the place to enjoy the Rotterdam summer.”


A business with a story: Maria Matelief

The name Matelief may ring a bell with historians. Maria Matelief – after her marriage Maria Musch - was born in Rotterdam in the late 1500s. The widow of a herring merchant and with seven children, she managed to hold her own in the male-dominated shipping world. “The character of Rotterdam shipping and that of Maria Matelief are reflected in the restaurant. The interior is bold thanks to the bright colours and bold art on the walls. The menu is tough, with lots of appetisers, fish dishes and strong, matching beers. At the same time, there is also a soft and feminine side; this is reflected in the warm lighting plan, the sophistication of the dishes and through the round shapes of the bar and benches.” Tells Pablo about Matelief.


Matelief opens its doors in Rotterdam's Oude HavenMatelief opens its doors in Rotterdam's Oude Haven


More than seafood

Thanks to the extensive drinks and dinner menu, there is something for everyone to choose from at Matelief. The menu includes quality fish dishes, such as roasted halibut with ratatouille and a whole dorado from the grill. For meat lovers, the menu includes a tender beef ribeye with chimichurri and a guinea fowl fillet with gnocchi. Prefer no fish or meat? Even then, there are ample choice, such as grilled pumpkin with candied onion cream or jackfruit shoarma.


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Workwear exhibition at Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam

Workwear exhibition at Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam

ROTTERDAM, 28 March 2023 – 'A different kind of fashion exhibition'. Workwear opened with a spectacular fashion show at the Nieuwe Instituut.


Workwear opened at the Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam last weekend. The exhibition by curator Eldina Begic pays tribute to workwear; once intended to protect wearers during hard work, but nowadays unimaginable from the streets or the catwalk. The festive opening on Saturday evening also featured a unique fashion show put together by designer Ninamounah.


Functional workwear

At the Nieuwe Instituut's Workwear exhibition, visitors dive into the world of functional workwear. Curator Eldina Begic selected dozens of vintage classics, current looks and futuristic experiments from all over the world. They show the beauty of functionality, but also demonstrate that workwear exudes solidarity and equality and served as inspiration for countless artists and fashion designers worldwide. They are creations we see today both on the catwalk and in everyone's wardrobe.


Two Rotterdammers also created new works especially for the exhibition, exploring the future of workwear. Designer Sam Cruden of custom jeans brand C.Cruden created an installation focusing on the life cycle of jeans. Spoken word artist Elten Kiene wrote a workwear manifesto for this exhibition, which he recites on a video screen.


Workwear exhibition at Nieuwe Instituut RotterdamWorkwear exhibition at Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam


Opening with a unique fashion show and party

For the festive opening on Saturday evening, the Nieuwe Instituut transformed the arcade behind the building into a huge catwalk. Here, for some 300 visitors, the fashion show Wearwork took place, which designer Ninamounah of the eponymous fashion label put together for the occasion. Up-and-coming labels Hardeman, Kaam Kari LA, Schepers Bosman, Das Leben am Haverkamp, HEH, Pablo Salvador Willemars and Camiel Fortgens designed their own interpretations of workwear especially for the fashion show.
After the fashion show, the Nieuwe Instituut's exhibition was open for all to see for the first time, followed by a party in the Nieuwe Café where Elten Kiene recited his workwear manifesto live and Sam Cruden took place behind the turntables.
The Workwear exhibition can be visited in Gallery 2 of the Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam until 10 September 2023. 

First NIO House of the Netherlands opens doors in Rotterdam

First NIO House of the Netherlands opens doors in Rotterdam

ROTTERDAM, 23 March 2023 – Chinese electric car manufacturer NIO has opened the first NIO House in the Netherlands, located in the city of Rotterdam. The NIO House offers a unique approach to showcasing the brand's models, focusing on community engagement and creating a space where visitors can relax, work, and hold meetings while experiencing the brand's electric vehicles live.


Design and Layout of the NIO House

The NIO House in Rotterdam was designed by Rotterdam-based architecture firm MVRDV, inspired by the city's rugged character and the NIO brand's sophisticated aesthetic. The NIO House consists of seven main zones, with a terrazzo-like floor gradually changing color from white to warm caramel, separating the Gallery, where visitors can experience NIO's models, from the other zones. The Lounge features a long 'crane table' that hangs from pulleys, while several Meeting Rooms are available for business purposes. In the Library, visitors can relax and learn, while children can play in the Children's Hub.


First NIO House of the Netherlands opens doors in RotterdamFirst NIO House of the Netherlands opens doors in Rotterdam


NIO Life and Art Gallery

NIO Life, the company's lifestyle brand, is also featured in the NIO House, offering sustainable products created in collaboration with more than 600 independent designers and globally renowned institutions. Additionally, the NIO House includes an Art Gallery, where visitors can experience work by a different artist every three months. The first artist to exhibit his work is Rotterdam-based artist Jelmer Konjo, who created 'upcycled' works using materials used in the construction of the NIO House.


First NIO House of the Netherlands opens doors in RotterdamFirst NIO House of the Netherlands opens doors in Rotterdam


NIO Café and Local Community Engagement

The NIO House also features a NIO Café, where visitors can enjoy coffee, breakfast, and lunch. The barista of the NIO Café provides the NIO House Drink, a mocktail specially composed by NIO and inspired by the city in which the House is located. In the case of the Netherlands, the drink is called Dutch Courage, containing ingredients such as cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, which have historical significance to the port of Rotterdam.

NIO distinguishes itself with a unique approach that places the local community at the center of its operation, with NIO Houses serving as meeting places and art galleries, in addition to showrooms. Ruben Keuter, General Manager of NIO Netherlands, sees the opening of the NIO House as a significant moment for the company, as it showcases the brand to the Dutch public and welcomes them to a space where they can meet other users, find inspiration, and learn about everything NIO has to offer.


First NIO House of the Netherlands opens doors in RotterdamFirst NIO House of the Netherlands opens doors in Rotterdam


NIO's future plans

NIO has now opened more than 100 Houses worldwide, with the Rotterdam location being the first in the Netherlands. NIO plans to launch the NIO ET5 and open a NIO House in Amsterdam later this year, with five more European branches to follow by the end of 2023. After the launch of the brand at the end of last year, NIO has already introduced two models in the Netherlands, and the company's innovative battery swap stations allow users to change their battery for a full one within minutes.

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