For the past 15 years, we have lived in a V.U.C.A. world, one of vulnerability, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. In order to be successful in the future, we need to look at places not through the lens of real estate, but through the lens of content, argues Ibrahim Ibrahim, Managing Director of Portland Design.
At its conclusion, the 21st edition of the trade fair shows just how much the retail landscape has changed: omnichannel and e-commerce have been significantly expanded. Heidemarie Kriz went in search of the most promising innovations for ACROSS. Read the third part of her fair report.
In 2022, Atrium European Real Estate became part of G City. As part of the rebranding process the company will be present in the market under the new name G City Europe. Subsequently, a number of corporate rebranding steps will be taken in various areas.
Sierra now manages three assets in Morocco, totaling 84,800 sq m of GLA. Reify. optimized the layout, created different parts of the concept and provided technical assistance during all project phases.
The retail trade of tomorrow will be on show at Euroshop 2023. For ACROSS, Heidemarie Kriz went in search of the most promising innovations. Read the second part of her trade fair report. The focus is on applications from the fields of AI, AR and VR.
For more than 50 years the EuroShop has been a global innovation and information platform and is one of the most important industry events for the world of international retail. Over 1,750 exhibitors coming from 55 countries will be present at the 21st edition of the trade show. Especially throughout these difficult times, the industry is on the lookout for contacts, opportunities and perspectives. Heidemarie Kriz took a look around Düsseldorf for ACROSS.
Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield currently operates 23 centers in the Germany and Austria region: 21 in Germany, eight of them in the Group’s own portfolio, and two in Austria. A total of 732 leases were concluded for these 23 centers last year. In addition, the mixed-use project Westfield Hamburg-Überseequartier, which is being developed by URW in Hamburg’s HafenCity until spring 2024, also experienced a lot of activity in 2022. The pre-letting rate for the retail, dining, and leisure sectors is now 73 percent.
In order to offer customers an even more comprehensive shopping experience, Decathlon Germany and Kaufland are joining forces. By the middle of this year, the two companies will already be doing business together at six locations.
As banal as that may sound, the “question of existence” vis-à-vis the customer is one that many retail locations are currently grappling with in earnest, explains Reinhard Winiwarter, Founder and Managing Director of ACROSS, in his 15-year retrospective.
When he founded ACROSS in 2008, Reinhard Winiwarter said, “I love retail.” That same phrase now serves as his motivation in 2023. In his personal review of the past 15 years, the founder of, editor of, and provider of ideas for ACROSS emphasizes how important it is to orient oneself towards forward-looking topics in the dynamic retail real estate world. However, the key factor that determines one’s own success and that of the industry is passion for the industry.
Developers have increasingly turned their attention to mixed-use retail developments for their new construction projects and the redevelopment of urban areas. In the post-pandemic era, consumers are looking for diverse work, leisure, and shopping places. Mixed-use, therefore, is not a trend – it is the future of real estate. The following projects are the finalists in the mixed-use category of the MIPIM Awards.
Redevco, SFP Group and SFP UK have signed a joint venture (JV) agreement to invest in the UK Build to Rent (BTR) real estate market over the next couple of years. The strategy will focus on repurposing existing underutilised commercial assets that offer the potential for transformative residential-led mixed-use projects that will positively impact local communities.
“A strategic approach such as expanding in non-retail vital services increases exposure to the local community and leads to new leases or lease extensions,” states Neil Churchill, Center Director of Festival Place, Basingstoke.
“Providing new experiences regularly is necessary to keep the visitors coming – they are always on the lookout to experience what they have not had before. We have to offer a full program with the excitement of the new, combined with the convenience of the known,” states Brigit Gerritse, Head of Research & Strategy at Redevco.
“In terms of energy management, technological applications will become a critical success factor when it comes to using lighting, cooling, and air conditioning efficiently and in a customer-oriented way,” states Silvio W. Kirchmair, CEO of umdasch The Store Makers and Member of the ACROSS Advisory Board.
“The reconstruction of Ukraine will be a unique opportunity to use the most revolutionary practices. It will be a unique chance for the placemaking industry for sure,” states Vitalii Boiko, CEO of Urban Experts and NAI Ukraine and Serviceman of the National Guard of Ukraine.
“While fear and worry try to constrict us, it should be courage that allows us to open up to new possibilities, that drives us and enables us to come up with new ideas and approaches”, states Thomas Mark, President of MK Illumination and Member of the ACROSS Advisory Board.
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