Issue 2019 April 2nd

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    Intu says new boss not decided as pension fund steps up Spanish stake

    Intu Properties has rebuffed reports that Tony Buffin, the former chief operating officer of builders’ merchant Travis Perkins, is the “preferred candidate” to succeed David Fischel, incumbent chief executive at Intu Properties. In a brief announcement on Monday, Intu simply confirmed that, as announced at the time of its annual results announcement on 20 February [...]
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    Store futures: What the retailers think

    Last week RPA caught up with four major retailers, who described how they view the role of their stores. In this special report we look at what they see as the core fundamentals for successfully integrating stores and online. Claire Arskey, global executive director, Urban Outfitters: “The current generation are the toughest customers ever. You [...]
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    London tops luxury openings despite UK headwinds

    Despite the current challenges within the UK retail market, London took the global top spot for luxury store openings in 2018, according to research from international real estate advisor Savills. After ranking fourth in 2017, London became the most active city for luxury retailers last year, rising ahead of Paris, Tokyo and Singapore which had [...]
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    Disney Stores backs content and range expansion for growth

    Disney Stores has embarked on a new omni-channel strategy that aims to leverage the stores and expand the website offer for customers. The move comes as Disney continues to acquire studios and content and looks to ring fence more of that content within its own propositions. Graham Burridge, managing director Europe, Disney Stores, said of [...]
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    Mercato Metropolitano to launch circular economy Community Market

    Mercato Metropolitano has received planning permission for a new circular economy community market as part of the cultural quarter project known as The Spark – Ilford in East London. The project is part of Redbridge Council’s vision for the future of Ilford established through the publication in 2017 of the “Ilford for All” Manifesto and [...]