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GfK study: European retail in 2020 and 2021 Probably almost everyone in Europe would like to see a return to normality, to where we have achieved herd immunity, infection numbers are c...

Nine new brands have arrived in the Czech market this year to date, Primark being the most prominent of them

Nine new retail brands have come or will come to the Czech Republic within the first six months of this year.

GRAI treading water – pandemic (still) stops recovery in retail markets

Global Retail Attractiveness Index remains weak in Europe. Poland, Germany and Ireland are new top trio in index. UK the only market to see an increase.

Waitrose appoints new Retail Director

The John Lewis Partnership announced that Tina Mitchell will join Waitrose as Retail Director.

Anette Simpson Appointed as Chair of ULI United Kingdom

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has announced the appointment of Anette Simpson, director of development and partnerships, Legal & General Affordable Homes, as chair of ULI United Kingdom (ULI UK). She succeeds Vanessa Hale, director of research, BNP Paribas Real Estate, and will officially begin her voluntary two-year term on 1 July 2021.

Sonae Sierra avoided costs of €15 million in 2020 by implementing eco-efficiency measures

The Company has reduced its CO2 emissions by 84% since 2005 and electricity consumption by 66% since 2002.

Yardi Acquires We Are Forge Ltd to Further Expand Visitor Management Integrated with Access Control Capabilities

Yardi® announced the acquisition of We Are Forge Ltd (Forge), a Bristol, UK based software company, that specialises in visitor management and smart access control for a wide range of real estate asset classes including, office, retail, industrial, flexible workspace and the education sector.

Serravalle Designer Outlet goes beyond fashion with new state-of-the-art leisure concept

McArthurGlen is pleased to announce the official opening of "Play Land", a brand new 6,000 square metre leisure concept at Designer Outlet Serravalle that is dedicated to family entertainment. The 7 million euro attraction introduces a new state-of-the-art experiential element to the centre that further enhances the shopping experience for guests of all ages.

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Opinion MORE

Most Problems are of a Company’s Own Making

Retail has changed. Do you really understand how things currently work or how they will work in the future? Are you still waiting for everything to go back to “the way it used to be”?

Green sports in real estate

The real estate business is not a sport but there are many similarities. Fair play, progress through training, new methodologies, competition, success (and failure), injuries and recovery, awards, fame etc.

Future-proofing Retail Involves Continuous Transformation

“According to a study by Simon-Kucher & Partners, customers miss brick-and-mortar retail, with 90% of respondents indicating that they are looking forward to being able to visit local stores again once the lockdown has been lifted.”

Making Europe’s Retail Real Estate Paris-proof

“While the pandemic rages on, the climate crisis remains ever-present.”

Accelerating the outlet centres playbook

The pandemic has turned the world’s economy and the retail landscape on its head. For the retail sector it has been a year like no other, but it is becoming clear that the health crisis has impacted the industry at different degrees. Although outlet centres are not immune to the pandemic’s toll, they have recovered at a much faster pace than other retail formats when restrictions were eased or lifted.

The three Laws of Robotics to support the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

The building sector is crucial for achieving the EU's energy and environmental goals.

Development MORE

Projects & Openings International

Chengdu Grand Shopping Center | CHINA +++ Arsib Tower | RUSSIA +++ Distrito Vivo | MEXICO

Dining and working in the sky? Views beyond the crisis.

In a critical period for HoReCa, office or mixed-use projects, recent investments are adding new flavors and attractive or innovative functions to revive the pulse in key submarkets of Bucharest. Can dining or working with sky views make flexible working or meetings more appealing?

Projects & Openings Europe

Westfield Mall of the Netherlands +++ McArthurGlen Designer Outlet West Midlands +++ Delta Planet Niš +++ La Couvinoise +++ Breogán Park +++ The Pyramid

Preparing for the Breakthrough

Nivy Station in Bratislava, is taking its final form. The international bus station, shopping mall, farmers’ market, and green roof for active rest and relaxation are being prepared to welcome people from all around the country at the end of this summer.

About Mixed-Use Real Estate Drivers

Digitalization, flexibility, and mobility trends are key factors according to Multi Corporation.

Eurovea Generates Movement along the Banks of the Danube in Bratislava

The Eurovea mixed-use complex was completed in the Slovak capital just over 10 years ago. The shopping center is being enlarged by 25,000 sq m, with the new retail space scheduled to open next year.

Management MORE

Placemaking Trends: The experts’ assessments

The Covid-19 pandemic brought massive changes to the entire retail real estate and placemaking industry. A lot of negative developments, but also a number of opportunities and possibilities for the future. We asked the following industry experts to share their opinion on the matter.

People in move

Recruitments, promotions and appointments...

“Catchment Areas Are Changing”

As a Member of the Management Board of the Spar Group, Marcus Wild has been responsible for real estate, the sports retail chain Hervis, and business process management since January 1, 2021. He is also responsible for SES, a shopping center subsidiary, which he steered to market leadership in Austria and Slovenia in his role as CEO. In this interview, we speak with an industry player who has “switched sides”.

People in move

Recruitments, promotions and appointments...

Challenging Times for Leasing Departments

The primary focus remains on preventing further vacancies, reports Christine Hager, Managing Director of the redos Group. For the most part, the goal is being met by means of interim leases, for example, for pop-up stores, service concepts, and coronavirus quick-test centers.

People in move

Recruitments, promotions and appointments...

Investment MORE

Seeking maximum efficiency

Why Lean Management is an imperative for future-proofing our shopping centers.

Work, Live, Play: Creation of a More Diverse, Competitive Product

Just as the Covid-19 pandemic blurred the lines between office and home in 2020, the office of the future will need to combine elements of work, life, and experience in order to be competitive in post-pandemic city center locations, writes Nicole Pötsch, Head of Acquisitions & Sales for North & Central Europe at Allianz Real Estate.

Ingka Centres’ First Acquisition in the USA

The company has purchased the “6X6” building in downtown San Francisco. Following a transformation, the retail destination will be anchored by IKEA and will be complemented by mixed-use offerings.

Stricter financing conditions for retail properties

Business closures and rent losses in the coronavirus crisis have made banks even more cautious about retail properties and shopping centers. In the case of refinancing, portfolio holders have to calculate with higher interest rates and additional equity.

Ingka Centres Acquires Kings Mall in London

Following its transformation, the scheme will be the first mixed-use object in a downtown location, anchored by an IKEA city store, in the United Kingdom.

Upgrading the existing portfolio

Ingka Centres’ €7.3 billion investment to transform its business remains on track – with particular emphasis on sustainability and innovation.

Retail MORE

Decentralization and the future of retail in German city centers

As if retailers in German city centers have not had enough to contend with in recent years–primarily driven by growing competition from online retailers–now they are also confronted with even bigger economic problems due to the Corona pandemic and the associated restrictions and closures. A continuous analysis of visitor development by GfK shows what has actually happened since the start of the pandemic, who the losers and even bigger losers of the pandemic are, and what the future holds.

Going Forward! Europe’s food retail sector in the corona-year 2020: the storm of the century

Europe's food retailers are being put to the test by the eco- nomic consequences of the natural disaster Covid-19. This is a very special kind of weather situation. While non-food retailers and the food service industry are in sheer despair in the face of the calm caused by government-imposed lockdowns, the "system-relevant" food retail sector has been confronted with a veritable storm tide since the sec- ond quarter of 2020.

Food retailers in their own words

Industry leaders told us about the sales impact Corona had on their business in 2020. They also explain what fundamental changes in location, sales, and marketing strategy they are planning for 2021/2022 in response to the widespread economic impact of the pandemic.

Allowing young talents to completely rethink retail

Union Investment and Sierra Germany launched their latest edition of First Store by Alexa–a campaign by Berlin’s well-known shopping center Alexa. Ralf Schaffuss, Head of Retail Asset Management of owner Union Investment Real Estate, and Jens Horeis, General Manager of Center Management company Sierra Germany, talk about their latest innovation of the competition.

A closer look at Belgian retail parks

Retail parks have been the best performing and most resilient retail format in Belgium prior to and throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in a slight compression in yields by 25bps since the beginning of the year according to new research by CBRE commissioned by Mitiska REIM.

25 new brands came to the Czech market in 2020

Despite the coronavirus crisis, this is one brand more than 2019, according to a market survey by Cushman & Wakefield.

Proptech MORE

Green sports in real estate

The real estate business is not a sport but there are many similarities. Fair play, progress through training, new methodologies, competition, success (and failure), injuries and recovery, awards, fame etc.

The three Laws of Robotics to support the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

The building sector is crucial for achieving the EU's energy and environmental goals.

Responding to the pandemic’s impact

How PropTech is supporting the opening and recovery of malls and the continued expansion of retail.

Marketplace 2.0–the future of shopping centers

“Our target for our respective clients is to deliver 10% of all sales at the shopping center through the digital marketplace within three years.”

Why Proximity Marketing is the Future of Customer Engagment for Retail

According to Coniq’s paper, geo-loyalty, the integration of proximity marketing, and customer loyalty programs are the future for retail destinations because they effectively engage consumers in-store AND online.

Developing our marketplace offering

“Retailers on average seem very happy that shopping centers are going down the path of fully serving them in the digital channels as they are doing in the physical space.”

Food & Beverage / Leisure MORE

Dining and working in the sky? Views beyond the crisis.

In a critical period for HoReCa, office or mixed-use projects, recent investments are adding new flavors and attractive or innovative functions to revive the pulse in key submarkets of Bucharest. Can dining or working with sky views make flexible working or meetings more appealing?

Going Forward! Europe’s food retail sector in the corona-year 2020: the storm of the century

Europe's food retailers are being put to the test by the eco- nomic consequences of the natural disaster Covid-19. This is a very special kind of weather situation. While non-food retailers and the food service industry are in sheer despair in the face of the calm caused by government-imposed lockdowns, the "system-relevant" food retail sector has been confronted with a veritable storm tide since the sec- ond quarter of 2020.

Food retailers in their own words

Industry leaders told us about the sales impact Corona had on their business in 2020. They also explain what fundamental changes in location, sales, and marketing strategy they are planning for 2021/2022 in response to the widespread economic impact of the pandemic.

Food and Beverage Down Under

A look at Australia: A “Hospitality Mindset” to drive sales and deliver positive experiences in spite of Covid-19.

A brave new world – the shape of things to come

The last 12 months has seen the most catastrophic impact on the F&B sector across the globe. First into lockdown and almost certainly one of the last sectors to re-emerge from the crisis, there’s not a lot more that can be said on the devastation to businesses, employees, and guests that hasn’t already been published. But what of the future? What will the post-pandemic foodservice landscape look like?

Creating magnetic customer appeal and next-generation anchors

In recent years, F&B has been hailed as the retail-centric development equivalent of a knight in shining armor; an offer that cannot be replicated online, that delivers customers an experience worth seeking-out and returning to time and again. The onset and impact of Covid-19 highlights the importance of a successful F&B strategy and the development of appealing F&B destinations that respond to how the customer of the future will shop day and night, and how mixed-use places are stitched together.

Studies & Reports MORE

GfK study: European retail in 2020 and 2021

Probably almost everyone in Europe would like to see a return to normality, to where we have achieved herd immunity, infection numbers are controlled, and coronavirus-related restrictions are lifted. Whenever we reach that normality, it will still be a new kind of normal. The coronavirus pandemic will permanently change the way we work, live, and consume – and retailers will also have to find their way in the new world after the acute shock of 2020 and 2021.

GRAI treading water – pandemic (still) stops recovery in retail markets

Global Retail Attractiveness Index remains weak in Europe. Poland, Germany and Ireland are new top trio in index. UK the only market to see an increase.

Decentralization and the future of retail in German city centers

As if retailers in German city centers have not had enough to contend with in recent years–primarily driven by growing competition from online retailers–now they are also confronted with even bigger economic problems due to the Corona pandemic and the associated restrictions and closures. A continuous analysis of visitor development by GfK shows what has actually happened since the start of the pandemic, who the losers and even bigger losers of the pandemic are, and what the future holds.

Increased Investor Appetite for Grocery Real Estate

A new report from Union Investment and JLL highlights the growing grocery real estate market, with the share of European grocery real estate investment, as a proportion of total retail real estate investment, reaching 22% in 2020, up from 6% in 2016.

Inspiring survey results

Multi recently published its Pan European Customer Monitor + Covid-19 Survey. For Head of Research Mariam Hussain, the most positively surprising result was that 70% of visitors surveyed indicated that shopping centers are valuable places to spend time in and will continue to be especially once the pandemic is over.

Why Proximity Marketing is the Future of Customer Engagment for Retail

According to Coniq’s paper, geo-loyalty, the integration of proximity marketing, and customer loyalty programs are the future for retail destinations because they effectively engage consumers in-store AND online.