PERSONAL COMMENTARIES OF RETAIL REAL ESTATE EXPERTS

Opinion

An Initial Review of the Retuna Shopping and Upcycling Park

“In July 2019, Retuna recorded its highest turnover. That proves that our concept works and that we can be role models for future retail.”

How Active Asset Management Boosts Footfall and Spending

“Another factor not to be underestimated in terms of quality of stay are the restrooms, whose cleanliness many visitors regard as a litmus test for the general condition of a shopping center – just like they would in a hotel room.”

Outlet Centers Weather the Storm

“Outlet strategies that blend a hybrid occupier mix with a focus on leisure boost dwell time and engage local communities.”

BREEAM in the Retail Real Estate Industry

“Sustainability is no longer optional in retail, with a third of consumers choosing to buy brands based on their social and environmental impact and expecting the sector to act upon their social and sustainability commitments and goals.”

What Is Your Return on Experience?

“Surprisingly large parts of Dublin have long been underserved in terms of quality retail; brands lack the modern retail and F&B space to meet future needs, while customer preferences have evolved, and they are now demanding new and exciting concepts and brands.”

The Current Challenges of Rome’s Retail-Real-Estate Market

“The slogan of our current city administration, headed by the Five Star Movement, a populist party, is ‘decrescita felice’ (‘happy reduction’), which serves as a clear sign that their objective definitely does not include the growth of the city.”

Good Sign for the Spanish Retail Real Estate Market

“If we take a look at the commercial density figures, we find that Spain is below the European average – and even more so in relation to countries such as the USA, where the density is six times higher and the shopping center model is very different from the one in Spain.”

Maintaining and Increasing Portfolio Value

Retail parks continue to be sound investments.

Retail Remixed: Rethinking Spaces and Places

“Recent research carried out by Leisure Development Partners, in cooperation with Mapic, has shown that introducing a leisure concept into a retail space increases its footfall by up to 4 percent and the retail spend by up to 16 percent.”

French Shopping Centers at a Turning Point

“Even though the French population is still growing, it is clear that the country is now well covered.”

Cooperation or Confrontation

How can the various issues and problems that exist in retail and the real estate industry be solved in this day and age?

It Is No Longer Just about Retail

“In our view the residential market is complementary to retail real estate, and combining them in a balanced way will only add to the strength of a location. In that sense, mixed-use developments tie in nicely with our retail background.”

Relationship-Centricity through Digitalization

“Establishing external partnerships with complementary digital-native merchants provides opportunities to offer complete solutions while increasing income through revenue share.”

Retail 2025

"Things are staying the same and changing, all at the same time."

How Technology Disrupts Competitive Shopping Habits

“For example, retailers are able to see the precise assortment structures of their competitors and benchmark them against their own.”

Breaking Down Barriers for Customers with Disabilities

“Inclusivity is the only way to keep shopping centers at the hearts of our communities.”

The Importance of Cinemas in Malls

"Multiple trips to cinemas help familiarize people with the malls into which they are integrated."

Shopping Center Performance Report by ecostra triggered resentment

“Critics doubt that it really reflects the performance of shopping centers.”

To Buy or Not to Buy, That Is the Question

“We have found that people who feel at home and receive genuine attention from attentive staff are prepared to stay longer and spend more. Attention is our secret ingredient for success.”