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SPECIAL ISSUE “THE LONG WAY BACK” – FREE DOWNLOAD

Around two and a half months after the shutdown, the Covid-19 crisis still keeps the retail real estate and placemaking industry well and truly on its toes. Even though stores and marketplaces in many European countries have mostly reopened, dramatic declines in frequencies and revenues remain more of a rule instead of an exception.

Europe’s consumers remain anxious due to the crisis situation that is still ongoing. Even though those responsible in the retail industry take any means necessary to enable secure and smooth consumption, the actions to fight Covid-19 seem like tilting at windmills. 

The way back may well be a long one. Therefore, we compiled for you what Europe’s opinion leaders have to say on this matter.

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