Shopping has been at the centre of our towns, cities and villages for hundreds of years but, today, we’re seeing unprecedented change in that relationship at the heart of our communities.
In this issue, we talk to John Duxbury from one of the UK’s biggest retail landlords, M&G Real Estate, about the challenges facing our town centres and also hear from Liz Peace about initiatives led by the British Property Federation to address some of the problems they face.
An over-provision of shops and the impact of increased online retailing mean that bold action will be needed to ensure our town centres remain vibrant. I would thoroughly recommend reading what John and Liz have to say on the subject.
The ability of retailing to constantly reinvent itself with new brands and concepts is also in focus in this issue. We look at the increasing influx of Australian brands into the UK and have a drink with David Close of CBRE who advises US retailers on coming to this country.
Our Completely Retail Marketplaces are proud to play their part in bringing retailers, leisure operators and landlords together. In February, we held our second, very successful Completely Retail Marketplace Ireland event while this April sees the first of this year’s two London-based Marketplaces.
I’m delighted to report that we are expanding the Completely Retail format to Continental Europe and will hold our first event in Amsterdamon September 6th (more details on page 15).
Whilst a possible Brexit puts a question mark next to our relationship with the rest of Europe, it is unquestionably a territory of great opportunity and the scale of the players involved – as shown by our interview with shopping centre giant, Multi (see page 12) – is substantial.
I hope you have had a good start to 2016 and that you enjoy this issue of [different]. We would love to hear your feedback and hope to see you at one of our events this year.