2022

The prospect of getting a slice of UK retail is not without its risks, regardless of whether the bottom of the market has been hit in terms of shopping center investment. For many first-time buyers in this asset class, the time to focus on getting the basics right has come.

The UK’s first choice indoor family activity brand, Oxygen, has announced the acquisition of regional trampoline operator, RedKangaroo. Oxygen will continue to operate RedKangaroo’s sites in Reading, Nottingham and Coventry, UK under the RK brand with the view to integrating them into the Oxygen brand in the months ahead.

London Designer Outlet (LDO) has announced two new high-profile deals, with Carvela and The Cosmetics Company Store taking 155 sq m and 128 sq m of space respectively. The new stores will strengthen the womenswear and beauty offer at London’s leading fashion and lifestyle outlet destination, an offering that has recently been reinforced through lettings and expansions by world-renowned brands such as Nike, Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein.

After last year’s huge success, the second trade fair for D2C brands will take place from November 14th until December 10th, 2022, at Berlin’s ALEXA shopping and leisure center. 12 Direct Brands will present their products offline at ALEXA. A shopping experience for all the senses that even the best online store cannot offer will be created in the innovatively designed showroom with the help of art installations and a lounge area, food tastings and cosmetics workshops. A win-win-win for the brands, the customers and for ALEXA.

While the pandemic inevitably slowed the growth of the outlet market last year, most centers are performing surprisingly well, as a report by Ken Gunn Consulting for MAPIC also notes. The industry is proving that experience and flexibility are key to a successful retail formula. As a result, key players, in particular, are confident that the current challenges can be overcome.

Starting November 2022, Agnieszka Ciupak joined GTC Poland as Executive Director. In her newly-created role, she will be responsible for all operations of the office sector, including leasing, fit-out, asset management, facility management, as well as marketing and company-wide HR.

Better Spaces, Better Communities, and Better Together – those are the pillars upon which Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield’s sustainability strategy is based. URW is committed to playing a key role in the environmental and energy transition. As such, the company has been implementing its “Better Places 2030” sustainability strategy since 2016.

The general meeting of the German Council of Shopping Places, GCSP, elected a new board today. Markus Trojansky, dm Managing Director, could not be re-elected after 12 years of honorary service as a board member in accordance with the statutes and was previously bid farewell with great thanks. The members re-elected Christine Hager, Sonae Sierra Germany, as chairwoman of the board and confirmed Harald Ortner, HBB, as a member of the board. Ulrich Schmitz, ECE, was also newly elected to the board.

On the 11th of November 2022, another owner-operated store opened in QUARREE with a unique concept: It’s Party Time offers creative accessories for cake and cupcake decorating, party table accessories and personalized gift baskets. Services include gift delivery by comic mascots, custom cakes and event organization.

Braehead, one of the UK’s most popular retail and leisure destinations, owned by property company SGS and managed by Global Mutual, is pleased to announce the opening of a new GAP store this November.

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