Arlington, Va. – Locally based The Mills Corp. recently began construction on Madrid Xanadu, an approximately 1.2-million sq.-ft. shopping center in Arroyomolinos (Madrid), Spain.

The center will feature more than 200 specialty retailers, 20 anchor stores, and a variety of dining and entertainment attractions. The project is scheduled to open in spring 2003.

Three major components of Madrid Xanadu have already been announced: El Corte Ingles, Spain’s dominant department store, will offer nearly 400,000 sq. ft. of a fashion department store with a Hipercor, an upscale market attached. In addition, a first-of-its-kind indoor Snow Dome designed as the largest in Europe, will offer a theme park-scale collection of family attractions, including snowboarding, skiing, sledding and other alpine recreation.