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Up for sale - the Hammerson retail park portfolio

07 August 2018 by Ronald Nyakairu

In July’s half year results Hammerson announced a change in strategy to shift focus more on their premium outlet and shopping centre schemes. To allow for this focus, they are expected to dispose of their retail park portfolio, selling off their 14 retail parks, the largest being the Central Retail Park in Falkirk and the smallest the Brent South Shopping Park in North London. With this news, I am going to use LDC data to understand the portfolio’s strengths and weaknesses as well as any potential opportunities for prospective buyers. My analysis will look at the occupancy rates across the portfolio, the LDC Health Index rating and the occupier covenants based on their historical openings and closures and the performance of their respective categories.

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Our latest bi-annual Retail and Leisure report is out now!

05 June 2018 by Sarah Phillips

This bi-annual report looks at the entire retail and leisure sector over five years (2012 - 2017), with a focus on changes over 12 months of 2017.

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Lucy Stainton discusses the health of retail parks on Radio 4's You&Yours

18 April 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Senior Relationship Manager Lucy Stainton was invited to speak on BBC Radio 4's You&Yours programme today to discuss the health of GB's retail parks.

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Lego named as UK's strongest brand, Tesco and Morrisons reported as the fastest growing supermarkets, and Westfield London becomes the largest shopping centre in Europe

04 April 2018 by Nikki Sheinkop

A bank holiday always lifts the spirits and from everyone at LDC we truly hope you had a very "hoppy" Easter! 

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Kidswear lines are on the rise, McColl's revenue reaches £1bn, and NewRiver looks for opportunities in the purchasing of retail parks

05 March 2018 by Nikki Sheinkop

February may have been a bit colder than usual, but LDC knows that warm weather is on the horizon (and we are definitely looking forward to it!)

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Infographic - Retailing in Wales' Towns and Cities in 2017

23 January 2018 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 2017. The report is presented in four sections focusing in turn on retail premises (and associated leisure sector), retail vacancy, retail structure and the relationship with socio-economic characteristics and geographical typology.

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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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Can the growth of coffee shops continue?

16 June 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

Last month I was asked to contribute to a panel event at the Caffe Culture Show in London and had the pleasure of discussing the market with Darren Williams, Country Director of T2 Tea, Maria Sebastian, SVP at Starbucks EMEA, Paul Ettinger, Director at Caffé Nero and Peter Dore-Smith, founder of Kaffeine. Our ‘quiz master’ was Mark Faithfull.

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The changing face and fortunes of Britain’s retail locations

27 April 2017 by Sarah Phillips

There have been worries for a few years now that the British High Street is dying. At LDC, we don’t believe that is true, however we do believe that the high street IS changing. But it’s not just high streets that are changing, as all three of the location types that we track at LDC (town centres, shopping centres and retail parks) have had some interesting challenges over the past few years. 

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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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