Established in 1898, the Pori cotton factory and its surrounding services provided livelihoods for 3,000 Pori residents for nearly a century. However, the 1981 fire at the cotton factory seemed to suddenly seal the fate of the entire area.
Luckily, this turned out not to be the case; as a result of persistent development, the new shopping centre Puuvilla was opened 30 October 2014. The cotton factory and its surroundings were officially in an upswing!
Today, the old cotton factory constitutes an entire city block, offering a fantastic environment for the shops in the Puuvilla shopping centre as well as businesses of various industries, educational organisations and public-sector service units.
The sceneries of Kokemäenjoki river, the classic industrial architecture and the environmentally conscious infrastructure make Puuvilla a unique complex. The area surrounding the cotton factory remains a vital part of the daily lives of Satakunta residents, offering livelihoods to several thousands of workers.
The Puuvilla shopping centre has received numerous awards during its existence, including awards for promoting the reputation of Pori and for positive action in the shopping centre sector as well as the title of the best shopping centre in Finland.
In addition to its great selection of shops, the shopping centre offers an excellent venue for various events and activities. The Puuvilla Areena in the heart of the shopping centre accommodates up to 3,000 spectators. There’s plenty of
people, cheerfulness and exciting events at Puuvilla; the Areena stage has hosted the President of Finland as well as top artists, children’s favourites, YouTubers, airplanes and stunt performances!
The Areena at Puuvilla will once again host some of the discussions of SuomiAreena as one of the main stages.
Puuvilla is also a carbon-neutral shopping centre in terms of energy consumption. The property gains 90% of its heating and cooling energy from the ground and waste heat streams and uses an extensive solar energy system.