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LDC’s Top Five Fast Food Brands of 2017 - #4 Pepe’s Piri Piri

31 January 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Continuing ­our run down of the top five fast food brands for growth in 2017, we come to number 4, London and the midlands’ favourite chicken shop with a twist, Pepe’s Piri Piri.

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[Videos] Retail opinion and insights from the panellists at our 3rd Welsh Retail and Leisure Trends Summit

30 January 2018 by Nikki Sheinkop

This January we held our 3rd Welsh Retail and Leisure Trends Summit on the beautiful Cardiff University campus. We were lucky enough to be joined by panellists who are heavily involved in the world of Welsh retail and regeneration. These experts provided an overview of their vision for the future for Wales’ local businesses and economy.

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The regeneration of Welsh places – expert opinion from LDC’s annual Welsh Retail and Leisure Trends Summit

24 January 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Yesterday in a rather rainy and grey (but still beautiful) Cardiff we held our 3rd annual Welsh Retail and Leisure Trends Summit in the gorgeous Glamorgan building on the Cardiff University campus.

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LDC’s Top Five Fast Food Brands of 2017 - #5 Tortilla

17 January 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Over the past few years, fast food has had a make-over. No longer do fast food meals comprise of a greasy burger made out of the cuts of meat normally reserved for I’m a celebrity and some pallid and sad-looking french fries. Now, you can choose your food across breakfast, lunch and dinner and across many different cuisines, countries and persuasions (even vegan!). The biggest change for these brands however has been a move towards fresher, cleaner food and even in some cases, healthy!

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Harrods set for £200m refurb, Iceland to open 400 The Food Warehouse stores and Swindon's green light for a new ski and leisure complex.

12 December 2017 by Sarah Phillips

Christmas has finally arrived! And with it comes all that good stuff; choosing a Christmas tree, bingeing on mince pies and LDC's favourite part... Christmas shopping!

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[Videos] Retail opinion and insights from the panellists at our 5th Scottish Retail and Leisure Trends Summit

08 December 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

At our 5th Scottish Retail and Leisure Trends Summit in partnership with the University of Stirling we interviewed our panel of experts who shared with us their opinions on the current and future state of retail in Scotland, as well as sharing valuable insights on what challenges they foresaw for the Scottish market.

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Where are we seeing the growth in F&B in terms of location type? (Part 3 F&B Market Series)

16 November 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

Closer analysis of the fastest growing fasciae within the F&B market shows shopping centres as a key growth area. For example, the top 30 fasciae have increased their presence in shopping centres by +170 units. Of these, the top 10 have the lion’s share with an increase of +109 units. High streets have seen little change and for retail parks there has been a marginal increase with the likes of Costa and Krispy Kreme opening more than 20 units each. The one standout growth fascia on the high street is Costa who have added another +26 units.

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Matalan sales surge, Wasabi sell sushi with Marks & Spencer and the Westgate Oxford opens for business

07 November 2017 by Sarah Phillips

October is the scariest month of the year, with trick or treaters walking the streets demanding sweets, the clocks going back, descending us all into mid-afternoon darkness and (the scariest of them all) the Christmas shelves being stocked across high streets, shopping centres and retail parks UK-wide.

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What impact will the refurbishment of the Westgate have on Oxford city centre?

27 October 2017 by Sarah Phillips

Oxford, the city of dreaming spires, world-class education and a £440m refurbished shopping centre comprising of 800,000 sq ft of retail space called the Westgate Oxford.

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Who and where are the risers and fallers in the UK food and beverage market? (Part 2 F&B Market Series)

26 October 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

Part 1 of this food and beverage snapshot showed the accelerated growth in F&B outlets across the UK in the last 12 months (from July 2016) with growth coming from both independent operators and chains (with more than five units nationally). Part 1 covered the macro trends and this next section will look at which operators have been growing and contracting, along with the location types where this change is occurring. 

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