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Go West: Expert views on Retail and Leisure in Wales

21 April 2017 by Sarah Phillips

Just a four and a half hour drive West from London will take you right into the heart of Wales, a country known for it's distinctive accent and own (quite tricky) language, rugged coastlines and beautiful sweeping countryside. In terms of locations, Cardiff, Swansea and Newport are the main cities in Wales which are likely to attract the country's consumers. Aside from Wales' similarities to English Retail (the rise of independent retailers and leisure occupiers), their retail landscape does look different. In  H1 of 2016, Wales had the highest vacancy rate in town centres of England, Scotland and Wales, but the lowest shopping centre vacancy rate. They continue to struggle with persistent vacancy levels (units vacant for more than one year), however, overall, the decrease of vacancy was the fastest of all three countries. 

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An overview of the Oaktree portfolio up for sale

31 March 2017 by Nelia Vateva

With the news that the Oaktree portfolio is up for sale, I decided to use LDC's online insight tool LDO to analyse these shopping centres. The portfolio is formed of three schemes with a total value of £120m; The Rushes in Loughborough, Vancouver Quarter in Kings Lynn and Kingsgate in Dunfermline.

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Combined Retail and Leisure vacancy rate falls to the lowest level in almost a decade

31 March 2017 by Sarah Phillips

The March edition of LDC’s Dynamic Location Intelligence Bulletin (full version is available to all customers of LDC only) looks at retail location activity levels for February, including data on net changes in store numbers, vacancy rates and now market activity highlights across retail locations in GB.

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Infographic - Full Year 2016 Retail and Leisure Report

22 March 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

On 21st March 2017, we held our 15th Retail & Leisure Summit. It was a very successful event with the largest turnout ever of 150 attendees. We couldn't have done it without our amazing panel, and a curious audience - so thank you again for joining us.

We also released our full year 2016 report on Great Britiain's retail and leisure trends. The report shows how in the run up to the referendum, the number of shops opening decreased and numbers of shops sank (especially for town centres) across GB. However, recovery came in the second half of the year and over-all vacancy continues its gentle decline. An analysis of business rates is also included in the report, detailing worst affected areas, which could feel the impact of this for years to come and much, much more.

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Who will stop Jones Bootmaker from walking away from our high streets?

17 March 2017 by Sarah Phillips

News broke this week that one of the high street’s old timers - Jones Bootmaker is looking for a buyer as it struggles to deal with difficult trading conditions and increases in business rates.

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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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