February 2019

It was only five years ago that VIA Outlets was launched. In an interview with ACROSS, COO Otto Ambagtsheer talks about consolidating the current portfolio of 11 assets, expanding the Fashion Club loyalty program, and debuting hot local brands like BALR. and Nikkie.

With an investment of 52 million euros, Jardín Plaza Cúcuta opens its doors to the public as the city’s largest shopping centre. With its 40,000 sq m and open-air design that highlights the region’s culture, Jardín Plaza will offer the inhabitants of Cúcuta a unique experience.

Klépierre, the pan-European leader in shopping centers, has become the largest real estate portfolio in the world (by value) to be BREEAM In-Use certified for sustainable management. The Group has gone beyond the traditional asset per asset certification approach to adopt a full-portfolio one thanks to an innovative, long-term partnership with BRE, the certification body, and Longevity Partners, an advisory firm specialized in energy and sustainable property investment.

In recent years, fashion retail has proven that there is a fine line between whether fashion and lifestyle brands are successful or become insolvent. These days, celebrity endorsements, collection collaborations, new “it” pieces, retail and e-commerce presence, as well as retail excellence and customer loyalty determine whether fashion and lifestyle brands are in or out.

Lendlease and Invesco Real Estate, the global real estate investment manager, have announced that Skechers, the global lifestyle and performance footwear brand, has signed for a brand-new store at Queensgate in Peterborough.

VIA Outlets – the fast growing owner-operator of premium outlet shopping destinations in Europe – reports strong results for 2018, boosted by increased footfall (+3.5% year-on-year)* and an increase in the average spend per guest (+5.6% year-on-year)*. This positive performance has been achieved amidst the current challenges facing the retail sector.

Lifestyle Outlets, part of Peel L&P, is driving growth across its successful experience-led outlets portfolio with £150m of further development and are looking to accelerate this growth by bringing in a new strategic investor.

Birmingham City Council has recently announced Lendlease as its development partner to deliver the transformation of the 17-hectare Birmingham Smithfield site.

Cracovia Outlet Center, KG Group’s flagship development project, is being built in Krakow as part of a multifunctional commercial zone. The developer is designing a concept which is mainly focused on the optimization of purchases. The outlet center will be located on one common area with other commercial facilities. As a whole, it is being implemented with the view of maximizing shopping convenience for future customers.

There will be two new retail properties in the Grand Duchy, as Cloche d’Or and Royal-Hamilius will be opening there this year.

Coworking spaces have potential – also in shopping centers. The first symbioses already enhance the European retail real estate market.

Construction works of the Acteeum Group and Equilis Polska joint project – Galeria Chełm – have just begun. Investors have signed a contract with KARMAR S.A. which is becoming the general contractor of the project. Galeria Chełm with a GLA of 17.5 thousand sq m will be the first shopping center in Chełm and at the same time the first joint venture of both investors.

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