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Join the LDC team on Stand 76 at BCSC (14th & 15th September)

31 August 2016 by Mark Colgan

In a few weeks time the LDC team will be travelling up to Manchester for BCSC on 14th & 15th September.

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Meet our panellists for the 14th Retail and Leisure Summit

31 August 2016 by Mark Colgan

We will be hosting our 14th Retail and Leisure Summit at BLP's offices in London on Tuesday 20th September. With almost 300 people signed up already, it looks like this will be our most popular summit to date.

During the event, Matthew Hopkinson will present the latest analysis on the Retail & Leisure Health and Trends from over 3,000 town centres, shopping centres and retail parks across Great Britain in H1 2016. 

There will then be a panel discussion with retail industry experts, where you have the opportunity to ask any questions. 

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How Cabot Circus in Bristol is helping the South West become a leading UK retail destination

25 August 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

On August 22nd, Hammerson announced that global retailers COS and Monki were to open new stores in Cabot Circus Shopping Centre in Bristol. 

Bristol, located in South West England is the UK's eighth most populous city. The city is always looking for sustainable growth. Last year, Bristol invested in transport improvements and committed a budget for energy efficiency and renewable energy by 2020. 

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JD Sports is to open second major store on Oxford Street [Portfolio Snapshot]

15 August 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

Sportswear retailer JD Sports is set to open its second major store on Oxford Street in London. The retailer has agreed to lease a 23,000 square foot property West of Oxford Circus at 375-381 Oxford Street. The store will sit within the West One Shopping Centre (Bond Street).

JD Sports' other Oxford Street store is on the High Street and occupies a floorspace of 31,700 square foot.

Using our Map feature with our online dashboard LDO we were able to see an overview of all JD Sports' locations across the UK. Most JD Sports stores are concentrated in the Greater London area and in the North West around Manchester.

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Matthew Hopkinson talks about the impact of the EU referendum on the vacancy rate for July 2016 on BBC Scotland

12 August 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

Pre-Brexit uncertainty sees a -46% drop in retail and leisure property activity levels in July 2016 compared to July 2015. This was due to stakeholders in the property sector delaying major property decisions, such as new store openings, developments and conversions, in the lead up to the referendum in June.

BBC Sctoland asked Matthew Hopkinson a few questions on the impact of the EU referendum on the retail market, these included:

  • What kind of projects were put on hold?
  • Was this just the result of a shock a few had expected or will there actually be a reluctance to move forward with those projects?
  • The shop vacancy overall was only up silightly in July. Is that an encouraging thing or is it just too early to tell?
  • What's the picture like from town centre to town centre?
  • How challenging would it be to fill the vacant BHS units?

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[Press Release] Pre-Brexit uncertainty sees a -46% drop in retail and leisure property activity levels in July 2016 compared to July 2015

12 August 2016 by Local Data Company

The picture across Great Britain

Britain’s shop vacancy marginally increased to 12.4% in July from 12.3% in June. Annually this is down -0.6% from the same period last year (July 2015). This change was driven by fall in the number of new units in July of -3.5% and a 44% drop in the number of vacant units getting new occupiers.

Overall activity levels were down -46% in July 2016 compared to 12 months ago (July 2015). This is due to stakeholders in the property sector delaying major property decisions, such as new store openings, developments and conversions, in the lead up to the referendum in June. These impacts are now being evidenced in the LDC data.

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Mamas & Papas; proudly welcome their latest addition to the family [Portfolio Snapshot]

11 August 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

With consumer behavior changing all the time, more and more retailers are experimenting with pop up or concept stores in an attempt to bridge the gap between online and offline. Whilst this isn't particularly a new play in retail, it can provide a great opportunity to expand a brand’s reach or access a new market or location.

Which brings us to one of the latest concept stores, Mamas & Papas, who recently launched a smaller footprint store named One Four Four on Clapham’s Northcote Road in London. The store is part showroom, part community space offering a limited range of leading products (their full range is available to shop digitally in-store) alongside an emphasis on wellness, experiences and gifting.

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BCSC / LDC Shopping Centre Vacancy Monitor (July 2016)

05 August 2016 by Local Data Company

The shopping centre vacancy monitor aims to provide an overview of the level of vacancy rates and is developed in partnership with BCSC and LDC.

In order to understand industry performance, this quarterly monitor covers 675 shopping centres across Britain, providing detailed analysis of vacancy rates within the top 30, 50, 100 and 675 centres, supported with breakdowns by region, retail / leisure, multiple and independent mix, and more.

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What is really happening out there post BREXIT?

01 August 2016 by Matthew Hopkinson

So we are now six weeks on from the momentous surprise and perhaps shock vote on the UK’s membership of the EU.

Every day since the 23rd of June has had been a surprise for many reasons – be it the change in the government leadership team, the terrible human tragedies in France and Germany, the attempted coup in Turkey, the change in investment actions versus rhetoric of some large international corporates (GSK) and the see-sawing of the financial markets and currencies.

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The Impact of Research on the Future of the High Street

19 July 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

Last Friday, July 15th, I attended the launch and first annual retail seminar of the “National Retail Research Association Knowledge Exchange Centre” (NRRKEC).

Based in Nottingham Business School (Nottingham Trent University), NRRKEC identify and collate information about academic retail related research carried out across UK HEIs for retailers.

The seminar focussed on the impact of research on the Future of High Street. After being warmly welcomed by Nelson Blackley, Senior Research Associate at the NRRKEC, Prof Kim Cassidy, Academic Director of the center introduced the seminar with the objectives of the NRRKEC and the agenda for the day.

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