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Sierra will take care of the leasing of the retail spaces of Chorus Life Bergamo. Chorus Life Bergamo is an integrated urban scheme focusing on the individual and their needs, in which social well-being, economic profit, sustainable architecture and smart technology are perfectly blended.

Another food & beverage offering has been added to the Westfield Centro promenade: the BigChefs restaurant brand opens its second branch in Germany and becomes one of the new flagships of the food & beverage brand mix at the location. With the new addition, Westfield Centro has achieved full occupancy for the promenade located directly at the center with around 15 dining concepts.

MEC, the retail real estate specialist and German market leader for the operation of retail parks, has successfully completed 48 general planning projects in 2022. MEC’s Technical Property Management (TPM) team was given 36 contracts for complex construction measures at central locations.

“In physical placemaking, an attractive, active, well-functioning public or privately owned space can stimulate economic development in a community, from a small rural town to a city”, states Gregory Fonseca, Director of Architecture at BDP and member of the ACROSS Advisory Board.

VIA Outlets is delighted to welcome the new year, building on a strong 2022 that saw over 300 remerchandising deals and increased spending per visitor at outlets across its portfolio. VIA Outlets’ record-breaking year, which even beat pre-pandemic figures, proves once again that outlets remain among the most resilient retail sectors, even during difficult global economic conditions.

“The greatest opportunities we should focus on are those that provide an Educational, as well as an Experiential component to them. Both these “E’s” are the foundational pieces on which to build real value”, states Chris Igwe, Global Retail Expert and President of Chris Igwe International and member of the ACROSS Advisory Board.

Manifesto Market opened Europe’s largest food hub in Berlin, Potsdamer Platz. 22 restaurants spread over 4,400 sq m on two floors, and invite guests to a culinary journey through Europe, to Asia via the Middle East, and to South America. Those parameters make Manifesto Potsdamer Platz Europe’s largest food hub.

As of January 1, 2023, Austria’s market-leading shopping center operator SES Spar European Shopping Centers has promoted employees from its own ranks to management positions: Mag. Petra Hemetsberger takes over as Head of Asset Management, Roland Gruber is Head of the Construction Department, and Nina Wolfgruber, MA is responsible for the newly created Business Process Management Department. As of November 1, 2022, the responsibility for the Legal Department has already been in the hands of Thomas Frauenlob, LLB.oec.

Peel L&P has announced that Gloucester Quays, the premier South West outlet, and dining destination, enjoyed a record-breaking sales period in 2022, surpassing both 2021 and 2019 by 6% and 9% respectively.

Focus Estate Fund is expanding its operations in Poland with the acquisition of the Ferio Legnica, a Shopping Centre in the city of Legnica in southwestern Poland, from Austrian Raiffeisen Bank International. The center comes with a leasable area (GLA) of approximately 13,200 sq m, including retail space of 11,965 sq m and a footfall of approximately 2 million a year.

ECE is further developing the G3 Shopping Resort Gerasdorf near Vienna and is expanding the offer and tenant mix of the center with its more than 130 stores with new retail, product testing, and experience areas. The aim is to create a unique sport and outdoor focus – on a 5,000 sq m indoor sports retail area and a 3,000 sq m outdoor sports area – as an additional attraction for the center.

ACROSS presents: Exclusive Study Tour to Lisbon. The world metropolis has always been a center for commerce and marketplaces. Together with Rüdiger Pleus Consulting and the Portuguese Shopping Center Association APCC – Associação Portuguesa de Centros Comerciais – we will examine on May 18th and 19th 2023 how Lisbon promotes innovations and shapes the future of retail.

Shaftesbury has announced the signing of heritage hat brand, Stetson, as their first UK flagship in Seven Dials. Positioned in London’s West End at 58 Neal Street, the new store will span 108 sq m and include an eclectic range of the brand’s signature styles.

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