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Portfolio-wide pop-up deal for Hammerson
Published:  04 May, 2017

Hammerson partners with Appear Here to bring Up Market to its shopping destinations

Hammerson and Appear Here are launching an initiative to introduce new and emerging independent retailers to Hammerson’s UK portfolio of shopping centres. Up Market is a collection of the UK’s most exciting independent makers, crafters, designers and artisans curated by Appear Here. Launching at the Bullring, Birmingham, Up Market will see a rotating line-up of the region’s best up-and-coming food, fashion and lifestyle brands.

As part of the three-year agreement, Appear Here will curate commercial mall space in Hammerson’s leading UK shopping centre portfolio, with four Up Markets planned in the first year alone, including Brent Cross, London, Cabot Circus, Bristol and Victoria Quarter, Leeds. With over 250m customer visits every year, Hammerson’s retail destinations offer new and emerging retailers an opportunity to generate brand awareness and leverage significant footfall from a standing start.

Each Up Market will run for a minimum of eight weeks, providing local entrepreneurs and start-up businesses with the opportunity to trial new products and concepts on a large-scale in a trusted retail environment. Independent retailers can rent space for as little as £300 per week.

Iain Mitchell, UK commercial director at Hammerson, said: “In line with our strategy to create differentiated destinations where more happens, this initiative will shine a spotlight on the UK’s most exciting and innovative retail talent, providing unknown artisan brands with an unparalleled opportunity to engage with millions of customers on a national scale. Rotating the mix of emerging independents will also ensure that our portfolio of leading retail destinations continue to offer personalised experiences, enhancing the customer offer.

“We look forward to working with Appear Here over the coming years, and we are excited about the potential to discover new and emerging brands as the Up Market tour rolls out across our UK-wide portfolio of retail destinations.”