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PROJECTS, TRENDS AND STRATEGIES

Following the recent addition of 12 new tenants that will further differentiate the retail and lifestyle destination’s offering, the letting of office space at Westfield Hamburg-Überseequartier also continues to progress successfully. The Hamburg-based management consultancy WAYES, which focuses on restructuring, litigation, transactions, planning, interim management and tax consultancy, and Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) have signed a long-term office lease agreement.

City Outlet Geislingen with over 40 home, fashion & lifestyle brands in 25 stores is being expanded to include four new stores. Construction work will begin in July 2024 and the opening is planned for late summer 2025.

LATEST TRENDS IN ASSET AND CENTER MANAGEMENT

DEVELOPMENTS AND TRENDS IN THE OUTLET INDUSTRY

City Outlet Geislingen with over 40 home, fashion & lifestyle brands in 25 stores is being expanded to include four new stores. Construction work will begin in July 2024 and the opening is planned for late summer 2025.

Tourism and shopping belong together – this is most visible within the outlet industry. Many outlet centers are located in leading tourist zones and traditionally work together with the tourism authorities. Outlets and tourist destinations understand and present themselves as a unit. This means that the outlet industry is one step ahead of the shopping center industry, but there is still a lot of potential here, since 10% of the European outlet centers have hotels at their sites.

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STRATEGIES OF RETAILERS

During the second quarter of 2024, there were eight new retail completions with the development pipeline comprising approximately 400,000 sq m in the Polish retail market. This indicates healthy supply levels amid unwavering occupier demand and strong retail sales, shopping center footfall and turnover figures, shares Cushman & Wakefield in its latest analysis.

The most difficult times are behind us and retail has proven to be resilient, states MAPIC Director Francesco Pupillo. As such, this year’s MAPIC will once again be clearly focused on matchmaking and brands – especially dynamic brands that are part of experiential retail.

LATEST TRENDS

Ten years ago almost on the day, Time Out Market Lisbon opened its doors to the public as the world’s first editorially-curated food and cultural market. It was the culmination of an idea from Time Out Lisbon’s editors to bring their ‘best of the city’ ethos to life and together under one roof: a curated mix of the best chefs, restaurateurs, drinks and cultural experiences. To date, Time Out Market Lisbon — a highlight of the first ACROSS Study Tour in 2023 — has welcomed over 35 million guests, making it one of Portugal’s most popular destinations and sparking a global foodie phenomenon with currently eight Time Out Markets around the world spread across four continents.

Just a few months after the start of construction, ECE Marketplaces celebrated the topping-out ceremony for the new “Food Garden” in the Main-Taunus-Zentrum in Sulzbach near Frankfurt am Main – together with the builders, representatives of the center owners, the mayor of Sulzbach and the tenant partners. The implementation of the new gastronomic offer in one of the largest, highest-turnover and most successful shopping centers in Germany for decades is thus progressing rapidly. The opening is planned for spring 2025.

RETAIL TECHNOLOGY

Why do we visit shopping centers? Is it merely for shopping, or are we seeking entertainment, a place to meet, or perhaps all of these experiences combined? Despite the diverse reasons that draw us to shopping centers, one expectation remains consistent across all visits: the demand for quality.

This year´s SusHi Tech Tokyo 2024 aimed at fostering cooperation between Japan and Finland by providing a platform for tech companies of both countries to promote sustainability technology and ESG principles. Markus Porvari, President and CEO of HyperIn, represented the company as a keynote speaker at the conference. HyperIn has demonstrated how a startup can successfully grow into a thriving enterprise, showcasing real cases of how some of the leading companies in the Nordics are succeeding with sustainable technology.

“Octopus is not just creating technology; we are building an entire ecosystem that mirrors the online world’s interactivity in the physical world, all centered around our screens and the Octopus app. We are crafting an environment where digital engagement is as natural and intuitive as using a smartphone or computer,” explains Emre Yıldız, CEO and Founder of Octopus, in his interview with ACROSS.

PLANS OF INVESTORS AND OWNERS

Kintyre has acquired the Kant Center in Berlin Charlottenburg together with its long-standing partner TPG Angelo Gordon. The property was acquired by Credit Suisse Real Estate Fund International as part of an asset deal initiated by CBRE.

The acquisition signals the return of Multi Corporation to the United Kingdom where it had a significant presence between 2001 and 2021 having developed or managed major retail destinations across the country including the Southgate Centre in Bath, Victoria Square in Belfast, and Glasgow’s St Enoch center. In addition, Multi will also enter Denmark through this investment.