Development

CURRENT PROJECTS, TRENDS AND STRATEGIES OF DEVELOPERS

Brands have long understood the importance of presenting their sustainability credentials to consumers. Along with other policies, such as those relating to bullying in the workplace and mental health, sustainability plays an important part in a brand’s identity, and rightly so.

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.

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.

Reify. is Sonae Sierra´s rebranding of its real estate expertise activity which reinforces its commitment to offering multidisciplinary services to investors and developers. ACROSS spoke with Jorge Morgadinho, Reify.’s Executive Director, about the first business year after the rebranding.

Property developer and asset manager, Sovereign Centros, has submitted a planning application outlining its masterplan proposals for the reimagination of St. Enoch Center in Glasgow. The mixed-use development puts focus on retail, leisure, entertainment, hotel, offices, and city center living.

AG Real Estate is on the verge of completing the extensive renovation and extension works it started in 2019 in Westland Shopping Center in Anderlecht (Belgium). The program includes the arrival of a large department store and a number of new retailers, the expansion of the Food & Beverage offer, and the creation of a leisure center of over 4,000 sq m.

TORG International will collaborate with Start Concept on leasing the first outlet in Brussels. Construction of the entire project is well advanced with an opening planned for late 2023.

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