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Award for Klaus Striebich The retail real estate expert received the “ICSC Trustees Distinguished Service Award” in 2019...

Award for Klaus Striebich

The retail real estate expert received the “ICSC Trustees Distinguished Service Award” in 2019

Foundation stone of Westfield Hamburg laid

On May 22, 2019 Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) laid the foundation stone of the Westfield Hamburg, located in Überseequartier, one of the major mixed-use districts in Europe, and Hamburg’s largest development project.

Sonae Sierra with another solid operational performance

The Company’s Net Result increased 25% to €19.1 million in the first quarter of 2019.

First “& Other Stories” in the Baltics

The premium and accessible fashion brand, & Other Stories opens its first ever Baltic Store in the shopping center Galleria Riga, in Riga, Latvia.

CCC opens Zagreb’s biggest shoe store

An almost 1,000 sq m store has opened its doors at Arena Centar.

Matthijs Storm proposed as new CEO of Wereldhave

The company‘s Supervisory Board announced the proposed nomination of as per August 1, 2019.

Ada Mall will open on May 24, 2019

Property developer GTC, and architects, Design International announced the opening of Ada Mall, the new shopping and leisure destination of Belgrade.

Events

REDI – CEE TRADE FAIR FOR RETAIL INVESTMENT, WARSAW ReDI is a key trade fair and conference event dedicated to the development of business in the retail real estate industry. ...

Opinion MORE

To Buy or Not to Buy, That Is the Question

“We have found that people who feel at home and receive genuine attention from attentive staff are prepared to stay longer and spend more. Attention is our secret ingredient for success.”

WHAT CAN FULL PRICE RETAIL LEARN FROM THE OUTLET BUSINESS MODEL?

“Lord Wolfson, chief executive of British retailer Next, has called for lower rents and shorter leases on the 240 Next stores due for renewal over the next three years.”

Industry meeting in Barcelona

The Catalan capital is always worth a visit – especially on April 10 and April 11, 2019. On these two days, the ICSC welcomed its guests at the European Conference & Exhibition. The event’s motto was “Space, Place and the Future of Retail.”

Solid presentation

Ken Hughes presented the industry meeting in the Catalan capital and captivated the auditorium with his keynote speech about Generation Z.

Working in partnership – a growing retail trend

Commentary by Nelson Blackley, Retail Research Associate at Nottingham Trent University.

The Emotional Connection with the Always Connected Consumer

“Artificial intelligence, for example, already enables the personalization of consumer relations and facilitates fast and efficient vehicle parking.”

Development MORE

Mission: Refurbishment

Supernova, the Graz-based real estate investor, has taken over 10 shopping centers comprising more than 120,000 sq m of leasable area from Mercator in Slovenia. The 116.6-million-euro sales agreement was signed in October 2018; on February 13, 2019, ownership was transferred to Supernova. Managing Director Markus Pinggera intends to carry out refurbishment work on all centers.

Belgrade is blooming – the city of the futures

MPC Properties owns and manages a portfolio of retail and office assets located in prime spots in the Serbian capital, including UŠĆE Shopping Center, the most visited and best performing mall in the region.

Building on Outlets’ Value Proposition to Attract New Customers

Outlet centers need to address some of the main growth opportunities in the industry: increasing the frequency of visits and expanding the customer base by attracting new segments, as well as prolonging dwell time.

VIA Outlets aiming to double its F&B offering

Otto Ambagtsheer, the COO of VIA Outlets, also joined the ICSC European Conference & Exhibition in the Catalan capital. In his interview with ACROSS, he talks – among other things – about the company’s current remodeling projects.

Getting closer to the customers

The paradigm shift in the retail and retail real estate industry were the key issues at this year’s ICSC European Conference in Barcelona. The industry’s big players adapt their business models to bind current and future customers even closer to stationary retail. Ingka Centres, formerly IKEA Centres, emphasizes new “meeting place” concepts in the hearts of cities as well as increased manpower.

And the 2019 European Shopping Centre Awards go to…

In Barcelona, the ICSC once again selected the most outstanding new refurbished and established shopping centers in Europe.

Management MORE

“An arena to communicate with potential customers”

This is how Annelie Gullström of AMF Fastigheter describes The Lobby in Stockholm. She explained this new retail format at the game-changers session.

Handling Digitization a Must

The parameters for successful shopping center marketing are changing, reports Guido Beddig, Managing Partner at Kintyre Investments, in an interview with ACROSS. The marketing team must be familiar with the new media.

PEOPLE IN THE EUROPEAN RETAIL REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY

Recruitments, promotions and appointments in the European Retail Real Estate Industry.

It’s Not about Shopping Center Marketing. It’s about Product Marketing.

Marketing as a decisive success factor has increasingly become a focal point of center management. However, what are the key factors for successful marketing? Elke Haeffner, Center Manager of Fünf Höfe in Munich of B&L Property Management GmbH, and Sebastian Guth, Managing Director of their lead agency 21Media, discussed this issue with ACROSS.

Ecological Use of Roof Areas

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield has opened its first urban farm on top of So Ouest in France. The products are sold directly to customers, inside a dedicated pop-up store within the shopping center.

BILL KISTLER JOINS ACROSS ADVISORY BOARD

The ACROSS Advisory Board is happy to announce its latest addition and welcomes Bill Kistler as its new member.

Investment MORE

IMMOFINANZ turns net profit significantly positive with EUR 217.5 million in 2018

IMMOFINANZ significantly strengthened its earning power during the 2018 financial year:

Mitiska REIM Forms Joint Venture with Karuzela Holding

Mitiska REIM has recently announced a strategic partnership with Karuzela Holding. Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will form a joint venture in Poland, and Mitiska REIM’s FRI 2 fund will acquire a 50% holding in two retail parks and two gallerias owned by Karuzela, comprising a total GLA of 35,600 sq m, and both parties will co-develop four additional projects, comprising a total GLA of approximately 60,000 sq m.

Sierra Balmain Joint Venture | Servicing 15 Retail Properties in 15 Polish Cities

Sonae Sierra has acquired a 50% stake in Balmain Asset Management Group’s Central European platform. Balmain has operated for over 15 years in Poland.

KGAL ACQUIRES RETAIL PARK IN STYRIA, AUSTRIA

KGAL Group is expanding its real estate portfolio in Austria via the acquisition of a contemporary annex to Mühldorf retail park in Feldbach, Styria.

Nivy Station in Bratislava: HB Reavis Receives Loan in the Amount of €175 Million

HB Reavis has obtained a syndicated loan in the amount of €175 million for the construction of the Nivy Station project in Bratislava.

Sole Underwrite over 1.1 Billion Euros | Financing of Potsdamer Platz in Berlin

In its role as arranger, agent, and security agent, LBBW has secured the long-term financing of the Potsdamer Platz site in Berlin on behalf of Brookfield Properties for EUR 1.1 billion.

Retail MORE

Online Retail or Stationary Retail: Neither One Can Live without the Other

When considering the future of retail, it often seems that there will only be one relevant market place: the Internet. Will online retailers really replace stationary retailers? Let’s take a look at current developments, with physical retailers who have focused on growing their businesses online now shifting back to growing their stationary presence. One might ask why. The reason is very simple: retailers, particularly those in the fashion industry, need to satisfy their customers’ demand for experience as well as convenience and choice, and that can best be delivered in a physical space. By Katharina von Schacky

Why buy when you can borrow?

The Sharing Economy is the internet generation’s latest trend. Bustling online portals like Airbnb and Uber show us every day that there is money to be made by “sharing instead of buying”. At the ICSC European Conference in Barcelona, the concept “Library of Things” shows that the sharing economy can also be an interesting approach for stationary retail.

Study from Deloitte | Global Powers of Retailing 2019

Deloitte’s latest “Global Powers of Retailing 2019” study has listed the 250 top-selling retail companies for the 22nd time.

Muji Expands into Switzerland – First store at Glattzentrum

The Muji retail chain, which is worth billions, is opening its first branch in Zurich next autumn.

PWC: Customers Want Better Retail Service

According to a recent study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), more and more Germans are returning to shops – where they often find a range of services with room for improvement.

Good Mood and Exciting Perspective

“The complete focus on the customer, with his ideas and wishes regarding shopping, has progressively become the benchmark for tailormade developments.” By Christine Hager.

Proptech MORE

The Emotional Connection with the Always Connected Consumer

“Artificial intelligence, for example, already enables the personalization of consumer relations and facilitates fast and efficient vehicle parking.”

The Value of PropTech in Property Management and Retailer Engagement

With 2019 heralded as the coming-of-age for PropTech, owners and managers of real estate are under increasing pressure to understand the value of technology when making key tech investment decisions.

Which e-commerce? How malls can morph into tech businesses, too

Opinions tend to be very much divided when it comes to the big e-commerce players.

Collaborative innovation success

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield and Toolbox Group jointly developed Mallcomm, the retail community operations and engagement platform.

Technology: Delivering Competitive Edge and Increasing NOI

One of the most important aspects of the advancement of technology is how it has unlocked massive potential by transforming the way we communicate. In our daily lives, we now have at our fingertips instant ways to access important information, engage with people and brands that matter, and stay safe and informed.

“Technology for the Sake of Technology Is Fruitless”

The basic concept of shopping will not significantly change, forecasts Silvio Kirchmair, CEO of umdasch The Store Makers. However, he does anticipate legal intervention. Google, Facebook, and Amazon will all be required to pay their financial obligations to the State.

Food & Beverage / Leisure MORE

TRECK: the new high-speed food brand at Dutch stations

The Broodzaak locations at the Amersfoort, Haarlem and Leiden train stations will be the first to be converted to the new brand at the end of May. In about one and a half years, all Broodzaak stores will have been replaced by TRECK. Alongside an expanded variety in the F&B assortment, guests of TRECK can continue on t heir journey faster thanks to the addition of self-scan checkouts. Current employees of Broodzaak will continue to work for the new brand, with intensive training during the transition.

LONDON ON THE MENU FOR INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND BEVERAGE OPERATORS

Last year marked a record year for international food and beverage operators entering the London market, with 21 international concepts opening a debut site in the capital in 2018, according to research from international real estate advisor Savills. Furthermore, the firm notes that this momentum has continued into this year, with eight concepts already open and an additional 11 debut sites already in the committed pipeline.

ECE Modernizes Nova Eventis

The redesigning and upgrading of the shopping and experience center in Leipzig/Halle will be carried out at a cost of 40 million euros.

Basingstoke’s food and beverage appeal expands with arrival of new dining choices to Festival Place

A taste of Asia is coming to Basingstoke’s Festival Place with the arrival of not one, but two new f&b operators expanding the wide menu of dining choices at the region’s leading retail and leisure destination. Independent Japanese restaurant The Sushi Maki and Kokoro, offering a palatable menu of East Asian dishes, have both signed up to open at the 1.1 million sq ft shopping centre.

Cineplexx Opens First IMAX Cinema in Greece

It is located inside ONE Salonica, an outlet mall in Thessaloniki, which stands to benefit from the new entertainment offering.

Taking the Plunge: From Shopping Mall to Entertainment Center

For years, malls in the United Arab Emirates have been surpassing each other with endlessly new, breathtaking attractions: With features such as ice rinks in the middle of the desert, aquariums, and roller coasters or an entire VR world, shopping has long since become an experience in this region.

Studies & Reports MORE

European Retail in 2019

GfK study on key retail indicators: 2018 review and 2019 forecast

Study from Deloitte | Global Powers of Retailing 2019

Deloitte’s latest “Global Powers of Retailing 2019” study has listed the 250 top-selling retail companies for the 22nd time.

PWC: Customers Want Better Retail Service

According to a recent study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), more and more Germans are returning to shops – where they often find a range of services with room for improvement.

Taking a closer look at the retail market of a relatively young capital

The ultimately 382-meters high “Abu Dhabi Plaza” in Astana is about to become the highest building in Central Asia. It also accommodates a shopping center, among many other things.

BRICKS DRIVE CLICKS

A Physical Presence is Key to Consumer Engagement and Success.

STEP AWAY FROM THE DESK: WHY ATTENDING A CONFERENCE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER

In a time-poor working week, we may find ourselves wondering how we can justify the expense and time away from the office that inevitably come with attending industry events. ICSC Europe Managing Director, Bill Kistler, interviews leading consumer behaviouralist, Ken Hughes, to ask “Are conferences really worth it?”