Renovating existing buildings and reducing new construction is the order of the day. Christoph Andexlinger, CEO of SES, uses the example of KING CROSS Zagreb to explain how the company is developing the established, aging center into a state-of-the-art mall with a high quality-of-stay via a complete refurbishment, thereby elevating it to the next level of success.

There is a collective push within shopping centers to preserve the planet, says Jean Carlos Delgado, Marketing and Brand Director at HyperIn. In this guest article, he uses case studies to explain how eco-friendly evolution can take place.

Kaufland intends to significantly reduce CO2 emissions in the future in the construction of new stores and for modernization measures. Currently, the retailer is testing various alternatives to materials such as concrete and steel at pilot locations. In Bratislava, the company is opening the largest timber store in Slovakia, while in Tuttlingen, Baden-Württemberg, a store is being built using recycled building materials including items such as walls, the facade and the parking lot.

Used clothing can be dropped off at the Regent Street store, and members will be credited with a £5 voucher and 20 points upon return. Furthermore, a rental service is also offered, as already in the store in Berlin Mitte Garten.

While the mood in Central and Western Europe’s retail sector is dominated by “gray clouds”, center developers and operators from the SEE and CEE regions are in a completely different situation. In an interview with ACROSS Publisher Reinhard Winiwarter, Rüdiger Dany, CEO of NEPI Rockcastle, explains his 700 million development pipeline, how NEPI is profiting from ESG, and in which regard the West can learn something from the East.

waterdrop is one of the best-known microdrinks, with stores openings all over the world. Now the wish of the founders has come true, which they already had in the founding year 2017: their own store in the Europark in Salzburg.

In October, the largest photovoltaic system installed on a shopping center roof in Germany will be completed at Paunsdorf Center in Leipzig. Construction work starts at the end of July. Paunsdorf Center is working closely on this project with the city of Leipzig and its cooperation partner Leipziger Stadtwerke. The project shows that the retail and leisure destination takes its responsibility as a local player seriously and is expanding and strengthening local partnerships.

Tchibo already uses environmentally friendly materials and sustainable manufacturing processes in its supply chains. The pilot with Sellpy is a further step in testing innovative approaches to make consumption and the textile industry sustainable in order to conserve resources.

NEINVER has obtained Zero Waste certification for 94% of its centers in Europe, making it the first company in the shopping center sector to receive this acclaimed accreditation from the multinational TÜV Rheinland for virtually its whole portfolio across Europe. With this certification, NEINVER cements its position as a leader in sustainability and deepens its commitment to the circular economy.

VIA Outlets has been awarded a Level 2 ESG Rating by global ratings firm Fitch, the second highest achievable. ‘Sustainable Fitch’ is the agency’s integrated sustainability and societal analytical framework, introduced last year, to deliver a more holistic quantitative and qualitative assessment of a company’s ESG performance for investors and management.

Italian leather goods supplier Gianni Chiarini Firenze has set ambitious growth targets and is focusing on strengthening and expanding partnerships with Internet retailers and department stores.