2016

Futureal is specialized in developing large-scale mixed-use properties in Hungary. In his interview with ACROSS, CEO Tibor Tatár tells us which challenges have to be met in this sector and talks about current projects.

Colliers recently published a “Retail Market Overview” of the first half of 2016 in Bulgaria. It indicates that the market will undergo sustainable development, with decreasing levels of supply and stable demand until the end of the year.

“VIVO!” is a supra-regional brand strategy Immofinanz pursues at its shopping centers. The flagship project is VIVO! Stalowa Wola in Poland, which opened almost one year ago.

ACROSS takes a closer look with Toni T. Jörgens of ESP. Design Studios on how storytelling and integrated design processes can be useful to turn shopping centers into engaging customer experiences.

On June 30, Bill Kistler was appointed as ICSC’s Executive Vice President and Managing Director of EMEA. In his interview with ACROSS, he talks about his goals, cooperating with the EU—and a positive future for the industry.

In this interview with ACROSS, Anne Murray from InvestGlasgow and Stephen Bibby from Cushman & Wakefield explain the Scottish city’s investment opportunities.

RETAIL TECHNOLOGY | Gift cards are becoming more and more popular. With a shopping center gift card, consumers are always sure to give the right present. That is why it is also important for malls continuously to adopt to this trend and offer their own individualized gift cards.

A lot has been said and written in the past years about the necessary reorientation of shopping centers and other retail locations, and at least as many measures were also realized since then.

The mixed-use-property Eurovea in Bratislava is being extended. In an interview with ACROSS, an owner Peter Korbačka explains why Eurovea is in urgent need of expansion.

In an interview with ACROSS, Gastón Gaitán, Manager and Director of theleisureway, explains why leisure is a branding instrument—the identity of the whole shopping center is at stake.

The re-introduction of Sunday business hours for shopping centers in Hungary was announced and introduced unexpectedly and with surprising speed, even quicker than the introduction of the obligatory Sunday shopping ban in March 2015. Why was it so urgent?

The tax on retail sales coming into force on September 1, 2016 will not contribute to the decrease in the number of shopping centers in Poland. The tax will increase the competitiveness of small- and medium-sized businesses in comparison to large entities operating in the commercial sector and will increase the state’s revenues.

Since McDonald’s opened its first UK restaurant in Woolwich in 1974, Europe has had a taste for all things American, fueled in part by the exposure we have to US brands on film or TV. The enthusiasm and success rate for US retailers expanding into Europe is mixed, however.

In my last article, I talked about the need to introduce new operators into our industry, to allow the smaller operators and companies access into the world of shopping centers, and to support them as they grow.

20 years ago, Austrian Klaus Mark founded MK Illumination together with his wife Marie. Half a year later, his twin brother Thomas also joined the company, who remains to be the third partner and shareholder to this day. MK Illumination designs innovative and custom festive lighting, decoration and interactive Worlds for shopping centers on six continents.

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