Meadowhall plans scaled down

Plans for further expansion at Meadowhall by British Land have been cut back, apparently in response to concerns from other centres across the region. However the Highways Agency has extended a block on the scheme being considered by Sheffield City… [Read more]

Value retail hotspots

An article in Retail Week uses analysis by Harper Dennis Hobbs of store openings and closures of 12 of the UK’s fastest-growing value retailers across the country since 2012 to produce a list of the top 30 value retailing hotspots.… [Read more]

Brent Cross expansion plans submitted

Detailed plans have been submitted for the redevelopment of Brent Cross shopping centre in north-west London, including a new Thameslink station and more than 7,500 additional parking spaces. The implications on other North London centres, especially for any future retail… [Read more]

Whatever happened to the Portas Review?

A recent written question in the House of Lords elicited a response from the CLG Parliamentary Under-Secretary setting out how Government has implemented (or otherwise) the recommendations in the Portas Review since it reported in 2011. [Read more]

Rochdale regeneration plans approved

Plans  for a retail and leisure-led regeneration scheme in Rochdale town centre, in gestation for over 10 years, have finally been approved. The hope is that it will help the town to claw back trade from other centres and retail… [Read more]

Retail parks footfall declines

The latest BRC/Springboard footfall monitor showed a continuing year on year fall of 1% for February, with a particularly steeper than normal drop in retail parks. In contrast, High Streets showed a small rise, most likely due to their more… [Read more]

Top 50 Retailers updated

Retail Week has published its annual list of the top 50 retailers ranked by sales.  We’ve updated our list in the ‘Link’ section to match. Constituents of the 10 are unchanged but  Aldi moves up, overtaking Dixons Carphone, while Co-Operative… [Read more]

Footfall down but vacancies stable

The latest BRC-Springboard Footfall and Vacancies Monitor data shows footfall down in January by 1.3% compared to January 2016; vacancies remain stable – at 9.4% the lowest rate for a year – but these lag footfall and sales trends. [Read more]