“We believe in making the most of unused and underutilized spaces, ensuring that they can benefit and strengthen the entire fabric of the estate”, states Otto Ambagtsheer, CEO of VIA Outlets and Member of the ACROSS Advisory Board.

“My recommendation is to seize any opportunity to take the next steps in digital evolution. For the placemaking industry, it is a transformation and not a situation where digital is outcompeting physical as many other industries have experienced”, states Peter Tonstad, CEO of Placewise Group and Member of the ACROSS Advisory Board.

“The opportunities lie in the direct and sensual engagement of the customers, guests, and visitors via multifunctional spaces which do not just serve one particular purpose, but moreover offer a colorful range of themes, topics, and experiences related to the brand itself or beyond,” states Jonathan A. Calverley, Head of Retail Leasing at Art-Invest Real Estate Management.

“The revitalization of shopping centers, retail parks, and our city centers will become increasingly important. For many locations and properties, new retail and mixed-use concepts offer significant potential for enhancement”, states Angelus Bernreuther, Head of Investor Relationship Management at Kaufland.

“The forecast calls, such as a crystal ball reading, for bold personas that are willing to set a clear strategy and implement it even through stormy waters”, states Denis Cupic, Managing Partner at Redserve and F.O./Group.

“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.

“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.

The Czech retail market once again proved its appeal to retail brands, with 38 new arrivals last year. That is the same figure as in 2021 when the influx of 38 new brands was partly the result of the postponement of some entries due to the pandemic. These numbers represent a roughly 50% increase compared to 2019 (22 brands) and 2020 (25 brands).

“Future shopping spaces need to be flexible in every aspect, to meet the people’s needs and demands”, this is according to the ACROSS Advisory Bard the greatest task for 2023. The challenges are diverse, but a strong and experienced industry is ready to address those.

As of January 1, 2023, the Austrian SPAR Group will reorganize the management of its international shopping center division SES: The current COO Christoph Andexlinger will take over as CEO. He will be assisted by Johannes Köth and Alexander Eck, who have been newly appointed to the management board. All positions will thus be filled internally with long-standing managers. The previous Chairman, Johann Felser, will retire at the end of 2022.

OUT NOW – LATEST ISSUE! +++ RE-THINK! – How to reassess development, invention and communication in retail real estate. The real estate industry has been in a state of change for a few years now: increasing online retail, the move to multi-channel, changing logistics requirements, a strong emphasis on entertainment, a much higher level of diversity in retail, and last but not least, the big issue of ESG. “Re-think” – is the order of the day.