THE MOST CURRENT STUDIES AND COUNTRY REPORTS
In Poland, 2020, a turbulent year, has brought about many changes in the retail market. The unexpected occurrence of the pandemic has complicated the situation for both contractors and tenants. However, Covid-19 has not so much initiated new trends as it has dynamized the existing ones. It is not only about the growing importance of the omnichannel approach, especially with regard to e-commerce; the increasing share of retail parks and convenience centers in retail sales also ranks as one of the key trends. As research has shown, smaller-scale commercial formats have been most successful in dealing with the challenges brought about by the pandemic.
Retail parks and hybrids have weathered the storm of the crisis relatively well due to their high proportion of local supply. Nevertheless, in the vortex of the coronavirus crisis, the issue of sustainability seems to have fallen by the wayside in many cases. That picture, however, is deceptive. The necessary (re)alignment of retail parks and other agglomerated retail real estate properties makes it necessary for ESG criteria (environment, social, governance) to be taken into account. The following “Top 5 Lessons Learned” were taken from a recent publication on retail parks in Germany*.
“Covid-19 is the biggest challenge of our time and it affects the retail sector as well as the retail real estate market. With the study Footfall Anchors Post Corona–5 Propositions for the New Future of Retail, we discuss the current situation for retailers, investors, project developers, and municipalities on a broad scale. In collaboration with renowned experts we discuss the new future of retail, the real estate industry, and subsegments of the retail real estate sector. The result is a comprehensive documentation of the status quo regarding the situation of retail asset class.” - Angelus Bernreuther, Head of Investor Relationship Management at Kaufland Germany.
Modern retail stock in Romania will exceed the 4 million sq m threshold by the end of the year. Several openings were postponed due to Covid-19.
Almost 90,000 sq m of new retail space was delivered to Polish market in the second quarter of 2020. Footfall amounted to approximately 80% of last year’s due to the pandemic.
Malls in Switzerland are currently losing 39 million Swiss francs in revenue per day.
The corona virus pandemic and the related measures represent an entirely new and unexpected situation for the entire real estate market, with a global scope and a major local impact on everyone. According to Cushman & Wakefield Czech Republic, retail is one of the most affected sectors, yet it should also play a pivotal role in re-starting the economy.
Standort + Markt recently published a first estimate regarding the anticipated daily loss of revenue of shopping places in Austria due to the corona shutdown. Its results provide solid guidelines for the European retail real estate market in general.
It almost reminds one of the 1993 film “Groundhog Day”. The only difference is that Dr. Will, together with his management consultancy Ecostra, has only employed the recurring, annual use of mathematical calculations since 2011, with the purpose of creating a body of evidence, based on statistical methods, that would allow for a ranking of the best shopping centers in Germany to be drawn up.
Union Investment’s Global Retail Attractiveness Index measures the attractiveness of retail markets across a total of 20 countries in Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region. GRAI was developed by Union Investment, GfK and Across.
Zagreb’s city center shopping malls need to be transformed into the pseudo living rooms of the Croatian capital. Conversely, shopping centers located on the outskirts of Zagreb have to be developed into supraregional shopping and entertainment destinations.
The Union Investment index analyses the attractiveness of the top European markets. Retail property: GRAI index reveals encouraging signs for Germany, Ireland, Spain and Portugal.
GfK study on key retail indicators: 2018 review and 2019 forecast
Deloitte’s latest “Global Powers of Retailing 2019” study has listed the 250 top-selling retail companies for the 22nd time.
According to a recent study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), more and more Germans are returning to shops – where they often find a range of services with room for improvement.
The ultimately 382-meters high “Abu Dhabi Plaza” in Astana is about to become the highest building in Central Asia. It also accommodates a shopping center, among many other things.
A Physical Presence is Key to Consumer Engagement and Success.
In a time-poor working week, we may find ourselves wondering how we can justify the expense and time away from the office that inevitably come with attending industry events. ICSC Europe Managing Director, Bill Kistler, interviews leading consumer behaviouralist, Ken Hughes, to ask “Are conferences really worth it?”
There will be two new retail properties in the Grand Duchy, as Cloche d’Or and Royal-Hamilius will be opening there this year.
The Union Investment index analyses the attractiveness of the top 17 markets.