April 2017

Transformation from being the owner of standing assets to pure developer, considerable acceleration of development and leasing activity, high growth in apartment sales and focus on delivering return to the shareholders – these are Echo Investment’s 2016 highlights.

ICSC awarded four winners in categories celebrating the best in Europe’s new developments, established centres, and refurbishments/expansions. Redevco, Unibail-Rodamco, Socri Reim, and SES Spar European Shopping Centres win big at ICSC European Shopping Centre Awards 2017.

Telepizza, the world’s largest pizza delivery company outside of the USA, announces the launch of its first outlet in the UK, starting an ambitious growth plan which will see two new Master Franchisees and ten new stores open in the UK in 2017.

When the new Mall of Switzerland opens in the Swiss municipality of Ebikon in Lucerne on November 8, 2017, visitors will have much to look forward to: not only highly appealing shopping facilities and great leisure attractions in around 65,000 sq m of total rental space, but also a wide choice of places to eat.

The Freo Group is responsible for the Mall of Switzerland’s project development and marketing. In an interview with ACROSS, Nikolas Löhr, Director of Retail Marketing, explained what makes the shopping center special with respect to its leisure facilities.

More top names have been added to the list of retail and casual dining brands at The Lexicon Bracknell, the £240 million retail and leisure development in Berkshire, UK.

Online retail is increasingly shaking up tenant mixes in Europe’s cities. The bricks-and-mortar trade is desperately seeking innovative concepts.

Hardware, software, analysis—the holistic “smart tracking” solutions developed by the Digital Retail experts at Umdasch Shopfitting provide extensive information about customer behavior in shopping malls and stores.

A city center location is always more complicated, expensive, and time-consuming for new retail projects than an alternative on the periphery. Despite these hurdles, investors and developers have created projects across Europe that not only serve existing markets but are also catalysts for growing demand and transforming cities.

Experts continue to fear a drop in sales in retail stores, falling demand for retail space, and store closures. That is the essence of the “4th Shopping Center Market Report Switzerland 2017.”

Around 50 retail real estate industry experts met in Frankfurt for the second “innovation incubator.” The theme of the workshop hosted by the German facility services expert Wisag was “Digital prospects for shopping centers and retail properties.”

An international jury of experts commissioned by EHI and Messe Dusseldorf bestowed the most convincing store concepts with the EuroShop Retail Design Award again this year.

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