Investors go wild for retail parks.

Interest in UK retail parks is sky-high, as the sector hurtles towards a bumper year for investment. It’s been reported this morning that over £600m of prime retail parks from all corners of the country are in the process of being sold, with the jewels in that particular crown being Leicester’s £350m Fosse Park and […]

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Bluewater deal boosts 2014 investment

Land Securities’ mammoth deal at Bluewater has nudged 2014 mall investment ahead of 2013 just in time for the end of H1. For the second time this year, a substantial, late-in-the-quarter shopping centre transaction has helped boost the quarterly figure for UK mall investment. For Intu in March, read Land Securities in June as the […]

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Are retailers getting social media wrong?

The recent YouGov study into online shoppers’ views of retailer presence on social media provided some interesting insights into an avenue of customer interaction which is becoming more and more vital for the development and maintenance of national brands’ affiliation with their patrons. I was very surprised by one of the headline findings – that […]

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Brighton Hippodrome Plans Submitted

Alaska Developments have lodged detailed plans to transform an iconic Brighton landmark into a leisure hub, after being told earlier in the year that their original proposal was ‘incomplete’. The Brighton Hippodrome, which has lain vacant since 2007, would be transformed into a Vue cinema with additional restaurant space if the plans are permitted – […]

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E-commerce: retailers don’t get left behind

Guest blogger: James Brown, head of retail research, Jones Lang LaSalle  I am asked on a frequent basis about the growth of e-commerce and what the future holds for the physical space in an increasingly virtual world. The answer is that I don’t know what the future looks like, but having explored the impact of […]

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Coyte Farm Decision – U.K. Retail’s Watershed Moment

At 10am today, Cornwall council will announce whether or not permission will be granted to the controversial 90-acre out-of-town development at Coyte Farm – and it is a decision that could have reverberations throughout Cornwall – and possibly even the entirety of the U.K. The scheme has been flagged up by many as being a […]

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Guest Post: Business rates reform essential to retail future.

Edward Cooke, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at BCSC, writes on the government’s decision to cap business rates in last week’s autumn statement. “After great celebrations last Wednesday night at the BCSC Annual Dinner, tired eyes were trained on the Chancellor and his long awaited Autumn Statement on Thursday. Perhaps the relaxed atmosphere at […]

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MAPIC 2013: Guest post: Day two – My most successful Mapic to date

CBRE’s Head of Retail Consultancy, Jonathan de Mello, describes describes day two of the event: Thursday. Mapic. Literally feeling like death. After yesterday’s marathon of meetings it was time to head to our cocktail party at the Carlton – a veritable who’s who of the sector – which was good from the perspective of having […]

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MAPIC 2013: Guest Post: Day One – Retailer Expansion, Gold Cards and Acid Jazz….

CBRE’s Head of Retail Consultancy, Jonathan de Mello, describes a manic first day in the Palais after an inadvertently-raucous Tuesday night: ‘Wednesday at Mapic – it’s been hectic! I am writing this quickly as I need to get over to the Carlton for our cocktail party, having had a crazy day of quick fire 30 minute […]

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MAPIC 2013: Guest Post: Most positive sentiment since 2008.

CBRE’s Head of Retail Consultancy, Jonathan de Mello, describes how the positivity that’s creeping into UK retail can have a profound impact at this year’s event in Cannes: ‘Currently sitting on a plane waiting to take off from Heathrow for Mapic – an early flight mostly occupied by a broad cross section of the British […]

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