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AG Real Estate develops leisure centres in its Retail portfolio

AG Real Estate has confirmed the diversification of its commercial offer in the heart of the shopping centres it owns and manages. Several new leisure projects, with nearly 10,000m2 floorspace in all, will be added to the retail offer already present in the malls of its portfolio, thus offering a mix that meets the new customers’ needs.

CBRE hires Andrew Hulme from BNP Paribas Real Estate

Global real estate advisor, CBRE announced the appointment of Andrew Hulme as an Executive Director, within its UK Investment Properties team.

Bluewater launches adrenaline pumping leisure experience Hangloose Adventure

Landsec announced the official opening of the longest and fastest zip wire in England, Skywire, at Bluewater, one of Europe’s leading retail and leisure destinations.

URW appoints Caroline Puechoultres as Chief Customer Officer

Experienced strategic marketing executive joins Group Management Board with focus on customer-centricity, brand and retailer partnerships, digital innovation and emerging growth opportunities.

Galeria Andrychów to be completed this Autumn

The topping out ceremony was held on June 24th at the construction site of Galeria Andrychów – the largest retail park in the region and one of major retail developments currently under construction in Poland. The event was attended by local authorities, investors - Acteeum Group and Equilis Europe, as well as retailers and business partners.

Jolly Fish–Hamburg's first fish kebab restaurant–opens at Quarree

This gastronomy concept includes kebabs with grilled salmon and other types of fish for the first time in the Hanseatic city. Other fish specialties as well as snacks complement the offer.

Change in the Board of Directors of Citycon Oyj

Ariella Zochovitzky, member of the Board of Directors of Citycon Oyj since 2009, has elected to resign from the Board as of 1 July 2021 due to personal reasons.

Lyle & Scott to open its first store in UK capital in London Designer Outlet

With excitement in the air at Wembley Park as it embarks on an events-filled summer, London Designer Outlet is adding to the neighbourhood’s celebrations with the announcement that British menswear brand Lyle & Scott is joining its premium fashion offering.

Komfort, Bel-Pol and Flugger expand their footprint in Homepark Targówek, Poland

Komfort, Bel-Pol and Flugger have expanded their footprint in HOMEPARK Targówek in Warsaw to a combined area of close to 4,000 sq m. The transaction was brokered by global real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield.

BWP appointed as lead marketing agency for The Trafford Centre

Award-winning, global retail marketing agency, BWP has been appointed as the lead marketing agency for the North-West’s premier retail and leisure destination, The Trafford Centre.

Emanuela Recchi Appointed as Chair of ULI Italy

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has announced the appointment of Emanuela Recchi, president of Recchi Engineering, as chair of ULI Italy. She succeeds Davide Albertini Petroni, managing director, Risanamento S.p.A, and will officially begin her voluntary two-year term on 1 July 2021.

SES Shopping Centers: New Contracts Signed with the Bestseller Group

The opening of new stores across SES shopping centers has continued unabated: The Danish Bestseller Group is set to open a total of four new “Jack & Jones” (young men’s fashion & denim) and “Only” (young women’s fashion & denim) stores at the SES-managed Weberzeile Ried, MAX.Center Wels, and Gerngross Vienna shopping centers by fall.

EPP issues optimistic update on Poland's recovery from latest COVID-19 pandemic wave

Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed EPP issued a positive operational market update before entering its closed period on 1 July 2021. The company reported that Poland is outpacing its original vaccination roll-out targets, experiencing a robust retail rebound and enjoying promising economic prospects.

Seweryna Afanasjew joins GTC Poland as Head of Asset Management

GTC has appointed Seweryna Afanasjew as Head of Asset Management in Poland. Her outstanding in-depth sector knowledge coupled with extensive experience in commercial asset management and leasing for investment funds will strengthen GTC’s market position. With Seweryna on board, the company expects the successful growth of its sustainable real estate portfolio in line with the developer’s best ESG practices.

2B or not 2B–a question of identity-driven locations

All of our seven senses want to be used and ultimately are the key to real emotional experiences that bond us to very special moments and products. Physical real estate needs to confirm the field of tension of identity–human interaction–and products/brands by supporting individuality.

French company Wishibam wins international PropTech Innovation Award 2021

French company Wishibam won over the jury of six experts at the fifth PropTech Innovation Award to take top prize in this year’s final round. Wishibam, winner in the “Re:Create Retail” category, helps shopping malls and city centres adapt to the digital world and is fighting against the growth of online shopping. How? The solution comprises a digital marketplace for brick-and-mortar retailers, as well as an entire ecosystem of additional tools for logistics, warehouse management, marketing and interaction between visitors.

GfK study: European retail in 2020 and 2021

Probably almost everyone in Europe would like to see a return to normality, to where we have achieved herd immunity, infection numbers are controlled, and coronavirus-related restrictions are lifted. Whenever we reach that normality, it will still be a new kind of normal. The coronavirus pandemic will permanently change the way we work, live, and consume – and retailers will also have to find their way in the new world after the acute shock of 2020 and 2021.

Nine new brands have arrived in the Czech market this year to date, Primark being the most prominent of them

Nine new retail brands have come or will come to the Czech Republic within the first six months of this year.

GRAI treading water – pandemic (still) stops recovery in retail markets

Global Retail Attractiveness Index remains weak in Europe. Poland, Germany and Ireland are new top trio in index. UK the only market to see an increase.

Waitrose appoints new Retail Director

The John Lewis Partnership announced that Tina Mitchell will join Waitrose as Retail Director.