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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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The transition towards leisure in retail parks: key findings and expert commentary

03 February 2017 by Nelia Vateva and Ashley Blake

Over the past five to ten years retail parks have experienced a significant transformation with regards to tenant mix and occupancy rates. This asset class has become a preferred destination not only for fashion retailers of the likes of Next and New Look but also restaurants such as Nando’s, McDonalds and KFC, all of which traditionally used to occupy high streets in town centres.

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[Video] LDC's 2nd Welsh Retail and Leisure Summit 2017 - Summary by Matthew Hopkinson

03 February 2017 by Sarah Phillips

On Tuesday 24th January, LDC joined together with the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) to present the findings from their latest report on retailing in Wales. 

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Infographic - Retailing in Wales' Towns and Cities in 2016

25 January 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

The latest report by the Wales Institute of Economic and Social Research Data and Methods (WISERD) and LDC looks at the general health and emerging trends in retail across Welsh towns and cities in 2016. The report is presented in three sections focusing in turn on retail premises (and associated leisure sector), retail vacancy and retail structure.

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Who will be joining us at the 2nd Welsh Retail and Leisure Summit in Cardiff?

13 January 2017 by Sarah Phillips

In just over a week, LDC, in conjunction with Cardiff Univeristy will be hosting the 2nd Welsh Retail and Leisure Summit. The event will be held on the 24th January from 10am - 1.30pm and will take place in the beautiful Glamorgan Building at Cardiff University

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Matthew Hopkinson talks about the reasons some towns in Greater Manchester could be at risk of losing their M&S store on BBC Radio Manchester

18 November 2016 by Sarah Phillips

Following the announcement that M&S are due to close 30 of their larger stores selling fashion and homeware products to focus on their food offering, Matthew Hopkinson released a blog on how M&S might look at which stores they will close, with a list of stores that could be in danger.

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Matthew Hopkinson talks about the new Shopping Centre "The Victoria Gate" in Leeds, on BBC Radio 4

20 October 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

The new "Knightsbridge" of the North opened in Leeds this Thursday 20th October.

The new big shopping development The Victoria Gate is anchored by a John Lewis and will be home for many prestige brands such as Aspinal of London, Anthropologie, T2, The White Company, Tommy Hilfiger, and more. For many brands, this is their first store in the North

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Michael Weedon talks about the slight increase in Britain’s shop vacancies on Share Radio

14 October 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

Britain’s shop vacancy marginally increased to 12.4% in September from 12.3% in August. Annually this is down -0.5% from the same period last year (September 2015). The improvement in vacancy rates has been on pause since May 2016.

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An in-depth look at 3 GB retail parks currently on the market, showing the key points for potential buyers

29 September 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

Last week, it was announced that three retail parks are being put up for sale. People have inevitably started asking if that could be the first sign of the revival of investor activity.


The biggest of the three assets is the Interchange Retail Park in Bedford - on the market for £103m. The other two retail parks are based in Scotland: The Kingsgate Shopping Park (Glasgow) for £100m and the Kittybrewster Retail Park (Aberdeen) for £40m.

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‘In the balance’ – LDC’s report on what has happened in UK retail and leisure in H1 2016

27 September 2016 by Matthew Hopkinson

Last week LDC held its 14th bi-annual retail and leisure summit in London at the offices of Berwin Leighton Paisner. How time flies since the first summit back in 2009 which for those of you who remember was when the retail world got its first recession shock with the closure of 809 Woolworths on one day in January.

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