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Ingka Investments signs agreement to acquire real estate for IKEA Retail in the heart of Paris Ingka Investments, the investment arm of Ingka Group (owner and operator of 381 IKEA stores) announces that a purchase agreement to acquire ...

Administrators appointed to intu properties plc

Jim Tucker, David Pike and Mike Pink from KPMG’s Restructuring practice have been appointed joint administrators to intu properties plc.

Ingka Centres launches online marketplace

Ingka Centres launches new online community and marketplace – LIVAT online.

Increased investment in online capabilities expected in the retail sector

Investment in online capabilities and delivery apps across the retail sector is expected to increase further, according to the latest research from global real estate advisor, CBRE. Online sales have helped many retailers offset some of the lost revenue from store closures during the lockdown period.

GPEP appointed Mischa Koch as Head of Key Account Management/ Business Development and further expands project development

The Frankfurt-based asset and property manager GPEP GmbH appointed real estate economist Mischa Koch as Head of Key Account Management and Business Development in early June.

Successful New Lease for Mira Shopping Center in Munich

Hines, the international real estate firm, has signed a long-term lease with food wholesaler Kaufland for the Mira shopping center in northern Munich, Bavaria.

Capital & Regional appoints new General Manager at The Mall Maidstone

Capital & Regional and The Mall Maidstone team are excited to welcome Gavin Cockayne as the new General Manager at the Mall Maidstone, while wishing a fond farewell to Andy Davy, who is retiring from the role after an incredible eleven-year career at the company.

MAPIC 2020: heading for collaborative retail

MAPIC will be held at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes from 17 to 19 November, 2020. Its theme of Embracing Collaborative Retail, along with the entire programme, has been designed to support and give an extra boost to the international retail property industry, which has been hit hard by the current health crisis.

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Strengthened business strategy

„The reopening showcased our strength as a pan-European platform, as we shared the experiences of each country reopening, starting with Germany in mid-May, followed by all of the countries we are operating in.“

“Healthy space” measures at Finestrelles in Barcelona

“We created a whole series of protocols aimed at returning the shopping center to normal.”

Reopening to New Possibilities

“It is evident that digital reach for malls will be more important than ever before as the world emerges from Covid-19.”

Looking to the future with optimism

“Although it is still too early to determine changes in customer behavior, our preliminary assessment after the first few weeks of the reopening is optimistic in terms of sales and inflows.”

The consequences of the lockdown

“Now, ULI Europe’s latest report, ‘Reshaping Retail–Accelerating Change’, forecasts that the impact of Covid-19 will accelerate the restructuring of the retail property sector, even more so in the United Kingdom.”

Outlet stores as an effective lever for brand retailers to clear their stock

“The economic model of the outlet store is ideal in this period of uncertainty, as it is based on balanced and virtuous relations between brand retailers and property companies, by indexing income to results achieved by the points of sale.”

Development MORE

Can residential be considered within a conversion to mixed-use?

Retail, from purpose-built shopping centers through to traditional high streets, has been facing long-term challenges, even before Covid-19. And the shift from single to multiple format offers, or mixed-use, is becoming firmly established.

The office-ization of the high street

Has the decline in high street shopping brought about a new opportunity for flexible workspace operators to move into town centers and change the way we all work?

Rethink completely, rebuild substantially

Shopping centers have been grappling with dwindling visitor numbers due to their online competition since before the coronavirus crisis. Now, many malls are facing an almost yawning emptiness. To ensure their survival, these shopping hotspots have to strike out in a new direction even faster than originally anticipated.

Steel on hold

The shopping resort in Saint-Etienne with its about 70 shops and restaurant cannot open as planned due to the ongoing crisis.

Shopping center ALEJA received first visitors

New SES shopping center - on May 8, 2020 the brand-new shopping mall in Slovenia ALEJA opened its doors.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the construction of Galeria Wiślanka is halfway through!

Construction of the first shopping and entertainment gallery in Żory - Galeria Wiślanka is underway. Construction works are carried out in accordance with the investment schedule. Activities related to the building's raw state have been completed. Currently, installation and finishing works are in progress inside the building. Soon it is planned to hand over the first premises to tenants. The opening of the Gallery is planned for the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2020.

Management MORE

People in move

Recruitments, promotions and appointments...

A time of regulations and restrictions

Covid-19 has presented property owners and developers with unique challenges, and for Atterbury Europe that is compounded by having operations in three different territories: Romania, Cyprus, and Serbia. Asset manager Vlad Valcea gives some insights into the Company’s strategy.

Estonia’s largest shopping center Ülemiste expects stability by autumn

Covid-19 led to mobility restrictions throughout Europe, and the range of measures included the closing of shopping centers. In Estonia, where malls were closed for one and a half months, they have been reopened and visitor numbers are good, but it will take another three or four months to return to the former level, believes Guido Pärnits, CEO of the Ülemiste, the largest shopping center in Estonia.

People in move

Recruitments, promotions and appointments...

When managers waive their salaries

In light of the Covid-19 crisis, the management teams of several industry players express their solidarity with tenants and shareholders. The management board members of URW, Eurocommercial Properties, and Werelhave waive parts of their salaries or remunerations.

People in move

Recruitments, promotions and appointments...

Investment MORE

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.

Investment News

Allianz Real Estate Refinances a 300-million-euro Acquisition +++ Investment in Hallplatz-Galerie in Zweibrücken +++ Investika purchased Galerie Butovice

“Shopping center yields have reached levels of 6.75 to 7.25% in Bucharest”

The most active real estate investors in Romania came from Europe – up until 10 years ago. Today, investors from South Africa and Singapore play a vital role, says Liviu Tudor, Founder and President of the Romanian Association of Building Owners (Rabo).

Union Investment Special: Retail Parks

Hidden Stars: Why retail parks become increasingly popular among investors, developers, and customers.

Retail MORE

ACROSS Retail Talks focus on the outlet center industry

The online event was dedicated to the Covid-19-related question: European Outlets–back to normal? A large and prominent expert audience followed the discussion.

DIY is trendy: “Kreativmarkt Hamburg” opens at Quarree Wandsbek

Even though many things are changing in times of corona, the renovation of Quarree Wandsbek in Hamburg continues and even big stores with more than 800 sq m have reopened. Their product ranges already expanded, as “Kreativmarkt Hamburg” signed its new lease agreement in the middle of the crisis.

Successful premiere of the ACROSS Retail Talks Online

Five points emerged at this event that focused on the problems of lease payments in connection with Covid-19. A large and very prominent expert audience followed this online discussion closely.

More courage, more creativity

Corona is rapidly changing the world of retail. Shopping centers also experience these changes. Operators and tenants are facing far-reaching changes. Especially the severely affected fashion industry will accelerate these changes.

How to reopen your shopping centres. User guide

The need for marketing, centre operations and leasing teams to work together to help their destinations recover faster and stronger from the COVID-19 crisis is paramount. Coniq has written this practical how to guide following numerous conversions with clients and partners so your pre- and post- reopening plans are a huge success.

Covid-19: The situation on Milan’s market is changing daily

“Outlets will probably have a longer recovery: domestic and foreign tourism usually contributes a lot to the total turnover.”

Proptech MORE

Keep calm and carry on, just not as before

The Covid-19 pandemic will cause lasting change in the way that we live, work, play, and particularly in the way we shop.

“The industry has finally woken up and takes digitalization more seriously”

The importance of multichannel communication between mall management, tenants and consumers has become clearer to everyone during the isolation, says Hannu Käki VP, Business Development at HyperIn, in his interview.

Westfield London Launched the First AI-Powered Store

“The Trending Store” tracked more than 400,000 early adopters and innovators from 150 countries and 1,000 cities from across the globe in an effort to identify the next big trends. Garments and accessories were then stocked based on items that were trending in real time across social media.

Alexa Responds at Romaest

A Rome-based shopping center has become the first in Italy to install Amazon's cloud-based voice service.

The Future Began Yesterday

The technological challenges that brick-and-mortar retail faces – a deliberately critical scenario.

Always at your service!

Shopping centers gain their competitive edge with innovative support options that bind customers to them and motivates these customers to return.

Food & Beverage / Leisure MORE

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.

Leisure as the last opportunity for malls to become lifestyle destinations

The reign of retail is over. The Covid-19 crisis is not a black swan for the shopping mall industry.

Bringing Local Flavors to the Plate

The perks of traveling: enjoying the tastes of your holiday destination, and, upon return, devouring your favorite dishes from home at the airport. HMSHost International currently operates in 19 countries around the globe. Although our company has an international scope, we have never lost sight of local culture and cuisine, which has allowed us to think globally and act locally. As a result, alongside leading international brands, local concepts and restaurants can be found at the airports, shopping centers, and train stations in which we operate.

Listen to the people, it’s music!

The game has changed for a variety of real estate developments.

Leisure: Surpassing Emotional Expectations

“There is no better marketing strategy than making people feel good.”

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.

Studies & Reports MORE

Drastic sales losses in Swiss malls

Malls in Switzerland are currently losing 39 million Swiss francs in revenue per day.

Impact of COVID-19 on the Czech Republic’s retail sector

The corona virus pandemic and the related measures represent an entirely new and unexpected situation for the entire real estate market, with a global scope and a major local impact on everyone. According to Cushman & Wakefield Czech Republic, retail is one of the most affected sectors, yet it should also play a pivotal role in re-starting the economy.

29.7 million euros gross lost revenue per day in Austria

Standort + Markt recently published a first estimate regarding the anticipated daily loss of revenue of shopping places in Austria due to the corona shutdown. Its results provide solid guidelines for the European retail real estate market in general.

Shopping Center Performance Report by Ecostra: Fake News or a Scientifically Recognized Method?

It almost reminds one of the 1993 film “Groundhog Day”. The only difference is that Dr. Will, together with his management consultancy Ecostra, has only employed the recurring, annual use of mathematical calculations since 2011, with the purpose of creating a body of evidence, based on statistical methods, that would allow for a ranking of the best shopping centers in Germany to be drawn up.

Global Retail Attractiveness Index Fourth Quarter 2019

Union Investment’s Global Retail Attractiveness Index measures the attractiveness of retail markets across a total of 20 countries in Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region. GRAI was developed by Union Investment, GfK and Across.

A Look at Zagreb and Central Northern Croatia

Zagreb’s city center shopping malls need to be transformed into the pseudo living rooms of the Croatian capital. Conversely, shopping centers located on the outskirts of Zagreb have to be developed into supraregional shopping and entertainment destinations.