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A small retailer in southern Germany has become one of Europe’s leading food retailers with major expansion plans: This week Kaufland opened in Bucharest its 1500th store – a great milestone in the Kaufland success story. Angelus Bernreuther, Head of Investor Relationship Management, looks back at Kaufland’s corporate history and explains how, starting with its solid roots, the future of the company is being shaped, especially during challenging times.

Why should customers visit stores in which they know exactly what to expect? In order to captivate their guests, stationary stores need a network of creative ideas, event plans, a talent for creating narratives, and a considerable amount of boldness. Therefore, some old dogmas have to be thrown overboard.

London’s scene has a new favorite neighborhood that has long been considered trendy: the multicultural quarter of Shoreditch in the Hackney district in the northwest of the center.

Sovereign Centros has announced a series of openings at Merry Hill, one of the top 10 retail and leisure destinations in the UK. Four brands have launched a total of 812 sq m of retail space, further diversifying the large array of shopping options available to Merry Hill visitors.

Despite all challenges, a lot is happening in the retail real estate industry and great projects are in the making. This is best illustrated by the entries for the MAPIC Awards 2022 category “Best performing Shopping Center”. They include assets such as shopping centers, outlets, and retail parks. They show innovation through new technologies, customer loyalty programs, retail mixes and architectural features which come together for the aim of increasing footfall, customer satisfaction, average spending and offering a unique experience in a new shopping destination. All these outstanding projects demonstrate the strength, innovation, and positivity of our industry.

Shaftesbury has announced the opening of four new flagship stores on Neal Street, Seven Dials. Minimalistic clothing brand, Absence of Colour, lifestyle brand, Rockett St George, independent watch retailer, Mr Jones Watches, and a creative activation run by community organisation, My Runway Group, have joined Seven Dials’ diverse array of brands, located in the heart of London’s West End.

It was time, once again, in mid-November, for the annual ACSP Congress. The congress holds a valuable spot in a long tradition, yet much has changed compared to previous years: New topic, new location, new chairman, new, and younger, participants, and a new moderator.

Now, more than ever, consumers want to reduce their overall expenditure, lower their consumption, and adopt sustainable practices. As a result, retail destinations must incorporate sustainability to meet growing customer expectations and nurture their customer relationships. That is why Coniq has created this list of top tips to help start any mall’s sustainability journey.

Ukrainian Council of Shopping Places, a member of the European Council of Shopping Places (ECSP), has published a report providing insights on how retail destinations are adapting to the war and the impact it is having on the market. This report, which is exclusive to ACROSS, calculates losses and damages suffered by the shopping centre industry, retail turnover losses and shows reopening plans for some shopping centres.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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