Monthly Archives: October 2018

We ❤ Leisure

    CREATING GREAT PLACES IN THE “TIME ECONOMY” Jonathan Doughty, Head of Foodservice at ECE, has recently become responsible for the company’s leisure and placemaking activities. “I have always said large parts of the foodservice industry are actually leisure, … Continue reading

Year after Year …

City Mall Verviers / Verviers, Belgium Booth R7.M11   Strategically located at Belgium’s borders with Germany and the Netherlands, City Mall Verviers has an important cross-border catchment area, with excellent accessibility. It will breathe life into the heart of one … Continue reading

Refurbishment of Half of the Entire Portfolio until 2020

ACROSS: Asset management is a particular focus in the German business of Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield: You manage 17 of your 26 centers for other owners. What do you expect from this positioning? What are your goals and how do you want to … Continue reading

Renovation of Outlet Centers

By Thomas Maria Seikmann The main mistake involves positioning the property as a center to satisfy demand. While this still works for many retail properties, it does not work for outlets. Their character has long been that of sparkling reconstructed holiday … Continue reading


AmRest Ramanurup Sen Recently, Ramanurup Sen has been appointed Food Service President at AmRest. In his role, he will be a part of the Executive Team with the responsibility to lead all related aspects of the company’s supply chain management, … Continue reading


  SPAIN Caleido Inmobiliaria Espacio has appointed UK retail and leisure agency Lunson Mitchenall to drive forward the next phase of retail and leisure leasing at Caleido in Madrid. The team will work alongside real estate consultancy firm Savills Aguirre … Continue reading

“IKEA Centres becomes Ingka Centres”

ACROSS: IKEA Centres was very active last year. Which retail properties were opened during that time? GERARD GROENER: We opened a number of centers over the last 12 months. In Portugal we opened a center in the city of Loulè … Continue reading

“Creativity and Courage Can Make All the Difference”

ACROSS: Please give us a brief overview of TconcepT. FRANK VAN DONGEN: TconcepT is an international concept design firm specialized in architecture, concepts, and placemaking across the globe. Our mission is to create strong, attractive places – places where people … Continue reading


TAWAIN Mitsui Outlet Park Taichung Port On October 1, 2018, Mitsui Fudosan Co. announced its plan to conduct the grand opening of Mitsui Outlet Park Taichung Port, central Taiwan’s largest outlet mall, on December 12, 2018, with certain stores scheduled … Continue reading

Rhein-Ruhr Zentrum in Mülheim: Once Stagnant, Now Completely Revitalized

A major announcement was made last February: A joint venture between redos real estate and a real estate fund managed by Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing consolidated Rhein-Ruhr Zentrum in Mülheim via three transactions. The three aforementioned transactions concerned the … Continue reading

Shopping Writes the Next Chapter of Urban Regeneration

By Tibor Tatár The renaissance of urban regeneration projects in CEE creates a demand for the next breed of shopping centers to satisfy the needs of all generations. For example, Futureal Group has just concluded a loan contract of EUR … Continue reading

Taking a Look at the Current European Real Estate Investment Market

By Patrick Delcol While negative statements are made in the press concerning the retail sector in general, we cannot ignore that this has, indeed, led to negative sentiment concerning the retail real estate market as a whole. As a consequence, … Continue reading

Building an experience into a city

By Martin Perry Edinburgh is a destination like no other. It has all the fundamentals in place to deliver a large-scale regeneration project–home to one of Scotland’s five UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the Scottish residence of the Queen–it boasts … Continue reading

Technology: Delivering Competitive Edge and Increasing NOI

By Michelle Buxton However, the business world has taken a longer time to catch up. The real estate sector has finally woken up to the fact that they need to be looking at how technology can deliver efficiencies and support … Continue reading

Umdasch The Store Makers Goes to Mapic

umdasch The Store Makers is one of the leading shopfitting companies in Europe. With 20 branch locations in Europe and the Middle East, umdasch and its four operative divisions – Lifestyle Retail, Food Retail, Premium Retail, and Digital Retail – … Continue reading

A Breath of Fresh Air at Westgate Shopping City

ACROSS: What is new behind the scenes at Westgate? DENIS CUPIC: In April 2018, the ownership structure of Westgate Shopping City changed, and Mr. Kirchmayr and Plus City exited the company. Focus Invest, which is now the sole owner of … Continue reading

Who Is the Most Innovative of Them All?

By Nathalie Depetro For the UK only, this number is close to hitting 20 percent – the highest in the world – and this casts a long shadow on retailers that solely operate brick-and-mortar stores, for example, Primark. Brick-and-mortar retail … Continue reading

Why Polish People Love Click & Collect

ACROSS: Please give us a brief overview of EPP. HADLEY DEAN: EPP is Poland’s largest shopping center owner in terms of gross leasable area. Currently, our floor area amounts to just under 700,000 square meters. By summer 2020, we intend … Continue reading

From a Porcelain Factory to an Outlet Center

The project is being developed and executed by the Saarbrücken-based Munitor Gruppe. Outlet Center Wadgassen has clearly demonstrated that the Saarlanders know how to awaken important industrial buildings from their slumber. “The citizens of Selb have realized that an outlet … Continue reading


Affine Matthieu Evrard Under the chairmanship of Maryse Aulagnon, Affine’s Board of Directors has accepted Alain Chaussard’s resignation from his duties as Chief Executive Officer and has appointed Matthieu Evrard (photo) to replace him. Chaussard, who had been CEO since … Continue reading