Over the first 16 years of its existence, SIGNA has succeeded in developing itself into a company of European caliber, with real estate assets of over €6 billion and a sales volume in its retail investments of over €3 billion.
A journey from Tyrol to Vienna and Bavaria and on to Berlin, where the Austrian group has been driving pioneering retail projects at every stop along the way.
I have been watching with interest the change in fortunes of the large supermarkets, both in the UK and across Europe. Consumers have demanded “more and different” from their regular retailers and the discounters have stepped up and delivered it.
In an article for the textile industry entitled “The party is over,” which appeared after Expo Real in Munich, Jörg Nowicki described the reluctance of retailers to rent new spaces. As it turns out, there is, in fact, a significant imbalance between the bullish investment market in commercial real estate and the slowing desire for expansion among retailers.
Many retailers do not have retail parks on their radar. The concentration principle Immofinanz is following with its Stop.Shop. chain will change all that. Nicolas Fernandez de Retana, the new Director Asset Management Retail Europe, explains how it works.
As the economy improves, Grant Poje, Vice President of WhiteWater for the EMEAR Region, sees increasing demand for waterparks in Europe. The Vancouver-based company is targeting locations in shopping centers.
Henrik Stadigh, Director Shopping Centers, and Pia Arrhenius, Senior Vice President, Corporate Planning and IR, tell ACROSS that the Finnish real estate investment company Sponda will concentrate in the future on office space and shopping centers.
Miguel Pereda, Board Member of Lar España, announced new transactions over the upcoming months in an interview with ACROSS. The Spanish company intends to invest more than €1 billion before the end of this year.
Carlos Romero is responsible for international expansion for the Spanish fashion chain El Ganso. In an interview with ACROSS, he explains that the first store in a city is usually opened in a high-street location. Only after that do they move into the mall, and by that they mean the local market leader.
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