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[Video] Retail opinion from our expert H1 2016 Retail and Leisure panel

23 September 2016 by Mark Colgan

During our 14th Retail and Leisure Summit we asked the expert members of our panel about the current state of retail, how some of the issues raised in the H1 2016 Retail and Leisure Report can be addressed and what changes they can foresee in the next 12 months.

Below, you will find three videos where Raefe Watkin-Rees – Property Director at Pizza Hut, Mike Jervis – Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Terry Duddy – Non-exec Director at Debenhams & Hammerson PLC, Ben Dimson – Head of Retail Business Development at British Land, Vicky Fowler – Partner, Planning & Environment at BLP give their answers.

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Video Summary: LDC's 14th Retail and Leisure Summit

22 September 2016 by Mark Colgan

On Tuesday we held our 14th Retail and Leisure Summit at BLP's London offices. The event was our most successful yet, with around 160 people in attendance.

During the event, Matthew shared the latest analysis of the health and trends in the Retail and Leisure industry from the first half of 2016.

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Millions of toys, all under one roof - now in city centres? Toys 'R' Us' pop up store in Cardiff

09 September 2016 by Mark Colgan

Toys ‘R’ Us are opening a 4,000 sq. ft. pop up store in Cardiff next Monday for the Christmas season in the Queens Arcade.

Currently, Toys ‘R’ Us only have one store in Cardiff which is situated in Cardiff Bay Retail Park (a 15-20 minute drive from the Queens Arcade).

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A Video Overview of the Footfall Dashboard

02 September 2016 by Mark Colgan

Currently over 60% of our Footfall devices have been allocated as part of the SmartStreetSensor Project.

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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 week's time the LDC team will be travelling up to Manchester for BCSC on 14th & 15th September.

Matthew Hopkinson, Chris Fowler, Nelia Vateva, Lucy Stainton and Ronald Nyakairu will be there to answer any questions that you may have.

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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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Matthew Hopkinson talks about the latest convenience stores analysis from 2011 to 2015 on BBC Radio 4's You & Yours Show

17 June 2016 by Mark Colgan

Matthew Hopkinson talks to You & Yours about the latest figures from LDC's analysis of the convenience stores format across GB.

Listen to Matthew Hopkinson discuss the following:

  • Why so many places have seen the number of convenience stores decline in 2015 
  • Morrisons' exiting the convenience store market
  • Whether convenience stores are going to continue to grow in 2016 and 2017
  • How competition from the likes of Aldi and Lidl may effect the 'Big 4' supermarkets' convenience stores
  • The impact of online food orders such as Amazon
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Matthew Hopkinson on Radio 5 Live talking about the saturation of convenience stores across GB

17 June 2016 by Mark Colgan

Matthew Hopkinson talks to Radio 5 Live's Wake Up To Money show about the latest figures from LDC's analysis of the convenience stores format across GB.

Listen to Matthew Hopkinson discuss the following:

  • Why we may be at a saturation point with convenience stores across Great Britain
  • The closure of 132 M Locals
  • How the consumer behaviour of eating out or ordering in becomes a challenge to supermarkets and convenience
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[Press Release] Britain’s shop vacancy drops to its lowest level since December 2009 (April 2016)

17 May 2016 by Mark Colgan

The picture across Great Britain

Britain’s shop vacancy dropped to 12.4% in April, the lowest since December 2009. This is down -0.6% from the same time last year (April 2015). This change was driven by a decrease in the number of units becoming vacant (down 16% from April 2015) along with an above average number of units being removed from the overall stock (+76%, when compared to April 2015).

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Competition in the grocery market continues to intensify as Iceland looks to roll out new concept stores

11 April 2016 by Mark Colgan

Iceland recently announced plans to open 25 Food Warehouse concept stores a year, in an attempt to take on rival discounters Aldi and Lidl. Currently there are 12 Food Warehouse locations across Great Britain:

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