King Sturge’s retail team has been appointed by administrator KPMG to dispose of the 80 stores under the Qube and Original Shoe Company fascias after parent JJB put the companies into administration.

Arc

Centros has signed two more retailers at its arc development in Bury St Edmunds, the only completely new shopping centre to be opening in England during 2009. Fashion chain Hobbs has taken a 5,416-sq ft unit, while crystal glass store Swarovski has taken 1,062 sq ft.

Construction proper is now under way on Parkway, Standard Life Investments’ new 475,000-sq ft regeneration scheme in Newbury. Enabling works started in the Autumn 2008 and the scheme is due to open in the Autumn 2010

The UK retail landscape has changed dramatically over the past 18 months. The economy is getting tougher by the day for the nation’s retailers and shopping centres, and the downturn shows no sign of abating. As a result, Javelin Group’s Venuescore survey has thrown up some interesting results.

Love Hearts, marmalade, Trebor Spearmint Softmints, cucumber, and jam doughnut flavoured milkshakes might not appeal to everyone but sufficient numbers of people are attracted to these delicacies to make ShakeAway a rapidly expanding retailer.

Tessa O'Neill

Tessa O’Neill, director of planning at architects BDP, told the BCSC’s Shopping Centre Management conference that the end of the development boom need not spell the end of innovation in shopping centre design.

When Mamas & Papas’ new store at Westfield had some lofty window displays to contend with, the kids and nursery brand decided to call in the experts

Ensuring that car parks are used for legitimate shoppers only is a growing concern among centre managers and retail parks

The BPA has got safer parking in the bag, says Kelvin Reynolds, director of technical services and head of the Safer Parking Scheme

Croydon’s Centrale centre undercuts neighbouring car parks. Hannah Prevett speaks to David Parham to find out more

Links of London has set a new record rent in the Victoria Quarter in Leeds, by relocating within the centre and handing its former store to its sister company Folie Folie. Links of London has taken a new 15-year lease on the 1,500-sq ft 5-7 Queen Victoria Street at £133,000 pa, a new record for the centre which is owned and managed by Bank of Ireland on behalf of a consortium of Irish investors.

Aylesbury
Holland & Barrett has taken an assignment of Clinton Cards’ existing lease on Unit 43, Friars Square Shopping Centre. The lease expires in October 2018 and the current passing rent is £80,000 pax. The premises comprise 1,520 sq ft on ground floor plus 420 sq ft of ancillary space. Smith Price acted on behalf of Holland & Barrett while Brasier Freeth represented Clinton Cards.

Cardiff’s Lord Mayor Cllr Kate Lloyd and Council Leader Rodney Berman performed the topping-out ceremony at Cardiff’s St David’s 2, the largest retail scheme due to open this year

X-Factor runner-up Rhydian Roberts pipped a galaxy of other Welsh stars to the post in a five-day contest to become the ‘face of Cardiff’. The poll, held at the Queens Arcade shopping centre, included names like Gareth David-Lloyd, Joe Calzaghe and Katherine Jenkins

If you thought it was tough getting to work through the recent bouts of snow, spare a thought for property recruitment specialist Joe Woodward who will be taking arctic pursuits to a totally different level with the Colman Architects’ Elifar Polar Challenge, a coast-to-coast crossing of the Greenland icecap in April, which will hopefully raise pots of money for The Elifar Foundation.

Richard Boultbee

Richard Boultbee has been promoted to UK sales and marketing manager for Metric Parking

SAVILLS has made a series of promotions in its retail teams, with DOMINIC RODBOURNE in the London out of town retail team and ALEX WEBBER in the London in-town retail team both becoming directors. Added to this, ALEX JOSLIN, NICK OKELL and ROBERT WIFFEN became associates.

A rising tide of retailer failures is increasing pressure on landlords to make concessions ahead of the March quarter day, when store rents fall due.

Meat & Wine Co, Westfield

Coverpoint’s Jonathan Doughty serves up his regular shopping centre foodservice review. This month he visits the Meat & Wine Co at Westfield London.

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