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Mauro Abruzzese is an Italian retail and shopping center expert who develops projects in Kosovo for OCM International. In this interview, the CEO and Managing Director explains how the individual SEE markets are developing, what makes them different, what the local consumers are like, and what investors should consider before entering the market.

The BALFIN Group is the largest shopping center developer and operator in Albania and North Macedonia and is one of the most important groups in the Western Balkans region. As one of the leading investment groups in Southeastern Europe, the Group’s Vice President of Retail, Julian Mane, spoke with ACROSS about the region’s strengths, weaknesses, and current developments.

An analysis by RegioData of major European cities in terms of shopping center density yields significantly different results than the evaluations at the country level. While the highest density levels are achieved in the Scandinavian countries, the capitals in Eastern and Southeastern Europe (CEE/SEE) are ahead in the evaluation by city.