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Opening in Westfield and Bluewater has given TM Lewin a new direction, Glynn Davis discovers

Weathering the storm

As the UK Titanic lurches with a hole in its keel from the iceberg of the credit crunch we just hope that the welder Gordon Brown has securely fixed his repair patch.

Food Feedback

Coverpoint’s Jonathan Doughty serves up his regular shopping centre catering review. This month he visits Ego at the Trafford Centre in Manchester.

 

Connolly takes the chair

With the BCSC’s shopping centre management conference only weeks away, joint conference chair Eileen Connolly, head of retail marketing at DTZ, is looking forward to a stimulating and productive three days in Liverpool. Graham Parker finds how out it will help managers adapt to the new market

Falling into place

Shopping centre managers have been warned to avoid a safety ‘own goal’ during the recession, as new health & safety regulations come into place, writes Dennis Draper

Retail goes green

A key benchmark has underlined the green credentials of the latest crop of shopping centre openings.

Point of sale

Image and customer service are key considerations to bear in mind when choosing the right pay-on-foot system for a shopping centre.

On the surface

Car park owners need to consider a variety of factors when choosing their car park decking systems and surface coatings. Claire Elliott reports

Ireland faces tough 2009

When will the sun shine again in Irish retail?

Christmas footfall plunges

Christmas can often be the make or break period for retailers – especially if they have suffered a particularly quiet spell in the preceding months. The press is currently awash with speculation as to whether the shops fared worse than in December 2008 than in the same period the previous year. It was hoped that last minute pre-Christmas sales would reel in the punters, yet if the National High Street Index is to be believed, even the most ferocious of bargain-hunters decided to stay at home.

Christmas comment

The challenge for the property industry following Christmas 2008 is to choose the right retailers to back in 2009, writes Fripp Sandeman’s Geoff Nicholson. Many retailers need to open new shops in 2009 but will require landlord support.

Countdown to Sceptre

The SCEPTRE Awards 2009 are launched again this month. And the countdown has begun for the fantastic awards dinner on June 24, 2009

Moves

The BRITISH PARKING ASSOCIATION has appointed PATRICK TROY as its new chief executive. He was formerly head of traffic enforcement for Transport for London and previously head of parking services at the London Borough of Sutton.

Cabot gets gold

The 2008 BCSC gold awards were the hardest-fought ever, and to be judged the best centre in the busiest-ever year for centre openings is a true accolade. The supreme gold award for 2008 was presented to Hammerson and Land Securities’Cabot Circus in Bristol at the awards dinner at London’s Grosvenor House. Despite the downturn, over 1,000 people saw Primark named retailer of the year. The Trafford Centre in Manchester picked up the established centre gold award and Shoppertainment’s eight-week fashion extravaganza at Merseyway, Stockport received a gold award for income generation.

Bolton Market is in vogue

Bolton’s Market Place Shopping Centre hosted a fashion event just before Christmas to mark the recent opening of the £40m Market Hall development. The evening saw Emmerdale actress Roxanne Pallet hosting a catwalk display, which was the highlight of a two-day festival of fashion, live music and beauty demonstrations.

Pop art at the Arcade

X-Factor runner-up Rhydian Roberts pipped a galaxy of other Welsh stars to the post in a five-day contest to become the ‘face of Cardiff’. The poll, held at the Queens Arcade shopping centre, included names like Gareth David-Lloyd, Joe Calzaghe and Katherine Jenkins.

Vacancy rates set to climb in 2009

 

Salisbury and Wrexham malls sold

Despite the stagnant investment marker, two deals totalling £139m have gone through in the past month.

Multi puts its Summer Row scheme on ice as funder fails to deliver

 

Boots loses at Trafford

No sooner is Christmas 2008 out of the way than shopping centres start planning for the next festive season. But plans may have to be redrawn by some in the light of a court case at the Trafford Centre which saw Boots launch an unsuccessful law suit against the landlord over the cost of Christmas decorations.

MD quits Junction

Further evidence emerged of the troubles facing the out-of-town retail market has emerged at Junction fund, one of the largest specialist investors in the sector.

Mall pipeline dries up

 

Lakeside poised for massive expansion

 

Into the Void

Retail rents are poised to fall, according to new research from King Sturge. Graham Parker reports

Stitch-up or salvation?

With pre-packs on the up, Hannah Prevett delves into the issue causing creditors to kick up a stink.

As I was saying when I was so rudely interrupted…

After a brief hiatus, Shopping Centre is back, and this year our aim is to make it better than ever. The magazine has been through a period of uncertainty since we published our November issue, but I’m delighted to say that the title has been acquired by an up-and-coming new publishing company, JLD Media, and we’re now ready to pick up where we left off.

As I was saying when I was so rudely interrupted…

After a brief hiatus, Shopping Centre is back, and this year our aim is to make it better than ever. The magazine has been through a period of uncertainty since we published our November issue, but I’m delighted to say that the title has been acquired by an up-and-coming new publishing company, JLD Media, and we’re now ready to pick up where we left off.