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Growth in store numbers across GB town centres, shopping centres and retail parks as openings exceed closures

15 February 2017 by Sarah Phillips

February’s monthly Dynamic Location Intelligence Bulletin (full version is available to all customers of LDC only) looks at retail location activity levels for January, including openings and closures numbers and vacancy rates across retail locations in GB.

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Can local shopping centres co-exist?

10 February 2017 by William Ogle

Westfield Stratford City in Central London could be considered as a wonder of modern retail.

Opened by the Westfield Group, it was the first major step in an attempt to rejuvenate the area in the build-up to the Olympic Games the following year. For many, it has been seen as a rousing success.

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Infographic - In the balance: H1 2016 Retail and Leisure Report

21 September 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

Our latest report titled In the balance, looks at the health and trends in the Retail and Leisure industry from the first half of 2016.

The report begins by looking at the current UK Economy, especially in light of the Brexit decision in June. It then focuses on the Health of the Retail industry across Great Britain in terms of vacancy rates by retail offer, location type and geography, as well as persistent vacancy levels.

In the second half of the report, we look at the latest openings and closures activity for both independent and multiple retail and leisure occupiers across Great Britain.

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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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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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Infographic - Convenience Stores Report June (2011 - 2015)

17 June 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

The latest report by LDC looks at the growth of the Convenience Stores over the last five years (2011 - 2015).

This report looks at the fastest growing convenience stores assessing the fastest growing retailers' convenience store formats and which towns are seeing the most new stores.

Matthew Hopkinson, Director at LDC comments: "Whilst supermarkets continued to grow their larger store formats over the last five years it has been their convenience store formats that have been growing at twice the rate of these formats." 

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Infographic - Supermarkets vs. Discounters Report (2010 - 2015)

08 June 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

A new report published today, looks at the growth of the supermarkets and the discounters from 2010 - 2015.

The report analyses growth by fascia and by town and identifies how and where the main stream supermarkets have seen growth in competition and thus loss of market share as the discounters have opened up around them.

Whilst the number of supermarkets grew by 33% in the last five years, the discounters have grown significantly faster at 52%.

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Analysis - Ladbrokes and Coral - how many shops and where?

23 May 2016 by Matthew Hopkinson

This post originally featured on Matthew Hopkinson's blog here.

A recent provisional ruling of the Competition and Mergers Authority (CMA) could mean that Ladbrokes and Coral may be forced to close a tenth of their shops in order to prevent a monopoly. The CMA has identified 659 locations where they believe that consumers will be disadvantaged.

The last decade has seen much controversy around types of high street retail

Currently Ladbrokes and Coral have over 4,000 shops between them and on a very even split.

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What the recent vacancy rate results mean for Landlords and Investors

21 March 2016 by Local Data Company

Earlier in March, we published a report which analysed the latest vacancy rate figures, levels of persistent vacancy and health scores of over 3000 locations across Great Britain. You can download the summary of the Retail Health report here.

It is key that different stakeholders in retail understand what the findings mean to them. In this post, Ronald Nyakairu - Analytics and Academic Partnerships at LDC, explains what the findings mean for Retail Landlords and Investors.

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What the recent vacancy rate results mean for Retail and Leisure Occupiers

18 March 2016 by Local Data Company

Earlier in March, we published a report which analysed the latest vacancy rate figures, levels of persistent vacancy and health scores of over 3000 locations across Great Britain. You can download the summary of the Retail Health report here.

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