October 2020

Żory is a city with over 60,000 inhabitants that has just acquired a modern shopping mall. On October 22dn this year, at 13, the first, modern shopping and entertainment center Galeria Wiślanka was officially opened.

Redevco is happy to report successful leasing in properties in Berlin, Münster and Rostock. Restaurant chain Vapiano remains a tenant of ALEA 101, the mixed-use property at Berlin’s Alexanderplatz, with offices, apartments, and retail units. A new 10-year lease was concluded for the existing area of around 1,100 m².

Since the beginning of the year, Frank Pöstges-Pragal has been the Managing Director of the Hamburg-based First Christmas company, which is specialized in Christmas and holiday decorations. ACROSS talked with him about the challenges of the year 2020 and why Christmas can always provide a certain level of comfort, even in times of crisis.

Since VIA Outlets acquired Landquart Fashion Outlet five years ago, the occupancy rate has risen to a strong 96 percent. Center Director Mathias Bommer explains the measures that have led to this development.

Tokmanni, Finland’s largest general discount retailer, will open its comprehensively renewed store in Hamina on Thursday 29 October 2020 at 8 am. The opening of the modern and more attractive store will feature many special offers and Tokmanni’s popular free buckets filled with product gifts. Tokmanni will, naturally, ensure a safe shopping experience also at its store opening events.

This year’s Mapic will take place in the digital realm. Entitled “Embracing collaborative retail: ready to change the rules?” its conference program has been adapted to fit our new reality, says Director Nathalie Depetro.

The Swiss have a relatively large number of designer outlets at their disposal. A project that has recently been abandoned for good does nothing to alter the situation.

Recently La Torre Outlet Zaragoza was opened. This venture a joint project of Pikolin Group and GPA, managed by ROS Retail Outlet Shopping. The scheme’s concept of an open-air shopping destination complies with all the current safety measures.

Hammerson plc announces the appointment of Connor Owens as its new Director of Ireland. Connor will head up Hammerson’s Irish business, and lead the operation across its high quality portfolio, which includes Dundrum Town Centre, the ILAC Centre, and Swords Pavilions.

CBRE launches a range of omnichannel services in Romania, for retailers who want a quick adjustment to the new market context by expanding industrial spaces. Omnichannel services have already been present for three years in the global CBRE network, mostly in the United States and the United Kingdom, and the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the synergy between retail and industrial worldwide.

The recently created business segment ECE Marketplaces, part of the newly organized ECE Group, will be headed by Joanna Fisher, in her role as CEO, effective January 2021. The CEO-designate of ECE’s shopping center business discusses current challenges and future strategies in an interview with ACROSS.

La Torre Outlet Zaragoza opens on October 22, 2020. Its inauguration will take place at 10am, with spectacular opening offers for all visitors. Due to the current health situation and the
recommendations given by the Health Authorities, La Torre Outlet, located in the capital of Zaragoza has prepared a phased opening weeks promotion to avoid agglomerations, which
will last till mid-November.

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