November 2018

The modern mall has changed beyond all recognition – and necessarily so. Physical malls increasingly reflect the evolving needs of consumers and the accelerating pace of contemporary life. What was fast has become faster. At every turn, technology plays a role. The retail industry has unlocked online sales channels, which complement a brick-and-mortar approach, rather than simply competing with physical stores.

Al Farwaniya Property Developments has recently shared the tenant line-up for its super-regional Reem Mall project in Abu Dhabi. +++ Benoy has announced its second project with Hong Kong China Travel Service (HKCTS) – Ningbo If Mall. +++ Macerich and Simon have announced the formation of a 50/50 joint venture to create Los Angeles Premium Outlets. +++ The construction of the KWG M Cube, a 40,000-square-meter shopping center designed by MVRDV, has recently been completed.

Outlet retail has long been established across Europe, but the sector has tended to suffer from being seen as second best to its big sister, the shiny shopping center. As a long-term owner and operator of retail outlets across Europe, Resolution Property has been at the forefront of evolving this sector to capitalize on creating offers that can’t be replicated online.

Outlet centers have proved to be one of the most successful businesses in the retail market.

Almost simultaneously with ACROSS, Europe’s largest shopping center celebrates a decade of operation. Westfield London reveals how shopping habits have transformed in the British capital over the last 10 years.

From the outbreak of the financial crisis until 2016, hardly any new shopping center openings occurred in Spain and Portugal, reports Francisco Cavaleiro de Ferreira, Managing Director of Multi in Iberia. Now, the markets have recovered.

The retail real estate industry has faced many challenges in the decade since the crash. Most fundamental among them was a textbook case of falling demand facing rising supply.

When we presented the first print issue of ACROSS exactly 10 years ago, an epochal event shook the world economy. The US-investment bank Lehman Brothers went bankrupt with a deafening bang and caused the biggest economic crisis in recent years. The real estate industry was hit particularly hard.

A new food and entertainment complex has recently opened at Parndorf in Burgenland, one of the most successful outlet locations in Europe. Centerprise Group, based in Austria, was jointly responsible for the conceptual design and letting of the complex.

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