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From retail parks to warehouses?

The Telegraph covers a report by Deutsche Bank suggesting that increased demand for warehouse space due to growth online retail, combined with more lucrative residential schemes taking other available industrial areas, could lead to retail parks being repurposed as warehouses [Read more]

Homes above the High Street

A new report published this week by the Federation of Master Builders and launched by the Secretary of State for Communities promotes building new homes above existing High Street as a way of both providing new housing and rejuvenating town… [Read more]

All change for centre owners

Hot on the heels of Hammerson’s bid to take over Intu and become the UK’s largest property firm, Westfield are now selling their UK and US centres to Unibail, Europe’s biggest property company, as the market consolidates. [Read more]

M&S to abandon new store developments?

Following its recent controversial withdrawal from a new scheme in Rochdale town centre, Marks & Spencer is reported to be reviewing its current and planned store portfolio and possibly pulling out of many more new developments. In Retail Week, Jonathan… [Read more]

Tesco and Next tie up

As part of the ongoing trend to find new uses for excess space in large superstores, a 4,300 sq ft Next concession is opening inside the Tesco Extra store in Surrey Quays, east London. Tesco already have several third-party concession… [Read more]

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]