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“In the current retail environment, it is the customers’ expectation for personalisation, speed, and lower costs that is driving industry innovation,” states Gregory Fonseca, Director of Architecture at BDP and member of the ACROSS Advisory Board in the latest “Industry Outlook 2024”.

Despite a challenging market environment across the board, the Tyrolean lighting artists from MK Illumination were able to achieve some real highlights this year. With revenue estimated at 165 million euros, the globally active company will have had the most successful year in its history once again.

NEINVER has put the finishing touches on the revamped F&B Plaza at Viladecans The Style Outlets, the only outlet center in the Barcelona Metropolitan Area. Aimed at rejuvenating the center’s main social and leisure zone, the refurbishment has resulted in enhanced terraced dining areas, seating and events spaces, contributing to a more all-round shopping experience.

Shopping center operator ECE Marketplaces achieved a strong leasing performance in 2023 and once again increased the leased space in its centers. In total, ECE Marketplaces achieved a leasing performance of around 800,000 sq m in the centers it manages and leases in 2023, an increase of almost 50 percent compared to the previous year. ECE concluded a total of around 2,600 lease contracts in 2023.

“Multi Germany feels small and agile, but it enjoys all the advantages of a large group,” says Jörg-Michael Zimmermann. In Zimmermann, Multi has hired a new Head of Germany who, as a result of his mix of experience can take a 360-degree view of retail real estate. His motto is: “There are neither good nor bad locations. Every asset has specific challenges for which individual solutions need to be found.”

MEC has achieved a new rental record: The retail real estate specialist and national market leader for the operation of specialist retail centers was able to conclude over 258 new and follow-up rental agreements with a total area of 172,000 sq m in the past financial year.

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) announces the grand opening date of April 25, 2024 for the mixed-use quarter in Hamburg’s HafenCity. This will mark the peak of the project development and give the city of Hamburg a new vibrant location in the heart of HafenCity – a new piece of the city that dynamically combines all aspects of life such as living, working and leisure.

It is a complex task to ensure project profitability. There is a struggle between doing what is right and what is reasonable. As an expert in the world F&B development Will Odwarka, founder and CEO of Dubai-based firm Heartatwork Hospitality Consulting, states in his newest column: “However, in an ever-growing and competitive landscape, it is crucial to establish distinguishing factors that are recognizable and embrace them wholeheartedly.”

Frequency, length of stay, atmosphere – there are many reasons why gastronomic offerings are an essential part of retail. Olaf Hohmann, Head of Retail Gastronomy Research at the EHI Retail Institute, uses Germany as an example to show the development, trends, and potential of retail gastronomy.

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) and Union Investment have maintained a very successful partnership for many years in relation to Köln Arcaden, Riem Arcaden in Munich and Spandau Arcaden in Berlin, which are among the leading retail properties in the sector. With the management contracts, which have now been extended ahead of schedule on a long-term basis, the two companies are once again confirming their cooperation and creating a long-term joint perspective for the three top assets. In future, the focus will be on further optimising the tenant structure in line with the major sector megatrends as well as on mixed-use components and sustainability measures.

“Le big TamTam” is an extraordinary project in the heart of Hamburg’s city center that combines culinary diversity, entertainment, and modern shopping – all within a heritage-protected building. A colorful food market, complete with an event stage and central bar, is being developed on an area of 2,000 sq m in the basement level of Hamburg’s Hanseviertel district. Extensive remodeling work has been underway since last year. The team at umdasch The Store Makers is responsible for general contracting work and furniture construction for this flagship project.