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With their baumhouse projects, Dietmar Reindl and Alexander Rössler want to combine retail locations and housing sustainably and affordably. They define affordable with rents 20% below the market level. They are planning high-quality, sustainably designed residential complexes above retail buildings. Furthermore, they explain to ACROSS what their motivation is, what social change they would like to help shape, and, above all, where the added value for investors lies.

WECONSULT is an Istanbul-based consultancy company for the commercial real estate and retail industry, an excellent market expert, and a partner of the ACROSS Study Tour. Ortaç Özortaç, Partner at WECONSULT, explains the Turkish market’s potential and why and how Turkish brands are becoming increasingly popular.

Madame Coco is following an ambitious expansion plan. France, Spain, England, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic are on the company’s list. Cem C. Işık explains the strategy and why the expansion plan includes establishing physical retail stores and integrating e-commerce operations.

Our new playground for the last two years has been Europe, states Serdar Ersoy, the General Manager of DeFacto’s Alternative Sales Channels and Business Development. At the end of 2021, DeFacto opened its first new-generation store in Berlin and has expanded throughout Europe. In this interview, Ersoy explains market challenges, how DeFacto introduced a new-generation franchise model, and why DeFacto is not only a retail but also a tech company.

Following its latest recognitions such as ‘Great Retail Company’ and ‘TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice 2023’, La Torre Outlet Zaragoza continues to build on the momentum of its latest achievements.

Portland is working with Saudi Arabia real estate developer Cenomi Centers on its “Mall of
The Future” strategy. At the heart of the project is a fundamental shift in perspective,
where the conventional role of the mall will be re-thought and transformed into a multipurpose, experience-driven lifestyle destination.

Shopping Malls in the USA, Middle East, and Asia are not just places to shop but have emerged as epicenters of social interaction, thrill, and recreation. Europe is on the brink of embracing this trend, says Matthias Clostermann, Owner and General Manager at Clostermann Design. Therefore, malls across the continent are inching towards becoming entertainment hubs. But there is still a lot of hesitation.

The biggest challenge facing the F&B industry is the cost of doing business. While the coronavirus has run its course through the markets, operators are struggling to return to profitability in the face of current economic challenges. Ian Hanlon, Director of Coverpoint, explains how the current challenges can be addressed and highlights trends in the shopping center food scene using best practice examples from the industry.

The F&B sector has changed significantly in recent years, not only in terms of the size of the market, but also in the variety and quality of the offering. As rents continue to rise in Europe, space previously dominated by fashion retailers is now being occupied by trendy gastronomic restaurants. People have evolved from collecting “things” to collecting “experiences”, and shopping centers have adapted to this change by improving and expanding their gastronomic offerings. Food and beverage (F&B) will play an even more crucial role in the success of retail real estate.

VIA Outlets officially opened the 4,000 sq m extension to its Sevilla Fashion Outlet yesterday, culminating a 30-million-euro project to modernize and evolve the center since its acquisition in 2016. With the recent extension, a 17-million-euro investment that includes a spectacular glass-covered gallery, Sevilla Fashion Outlet now offers 20,000 sq m of prime commercial space.

Ingka Centres is set to launch its newest Hej!Workstation coworking space in its Avion Shopping Park in Bratislava, a smaller version of the already successful and thriving Hej!Workshop concept. Opening its doors on November 2nd, the space in Bratislava’s Avion will open on the 1st floor, offering workplaces that can be booked for free.

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) Germany announces twelve more partners for the retail sector of the mixed-use quarter in Hamburg’s HafenCity. Through the new partnerships in accessories, jewelry, beauty, technology, fashion, and more, the company ensures further differentiation within the brand and concept mix and once again brings a number of global brands and trend labels on board.