At† 1.4m sq ft, with a weekly footfall of 600,000, Manchester Arndale is one of the foremost retail destinations in the UK.

The first Legoland Discovery Centre opened in Berlin in 2007, with another two following in Duisberg and Chicago in 2008. ďChicago was the first to be based in a shopping centre, and it was the most successful of the three,Ē says marketing manager Rachael Lockitt, who works specifically on the UKís first Legoland Discovery Centre.

Vacancy levels remain stubbornly high among UK shopping centres. But for those specialising in promotional space, empty shops mark a plethora of opportunity.

The plight of secondary centres has become more important than ever. But with lower budgets and commercial values, in-house commercialisation teams arenít an option for smaller centres. So is specialist outsourcing the answer?

Howard Morgan, managing director of RealService - the real estate customer service specialist - questions the relevance of retail parks when cheaper items are available online.

Many of central Londonís top retailers are mounting a campaign to relax Sunday trading laws to allow the Christmas Sales to start on Boxing Day, which this year falls on a Sunday.

Metro Bank, Britainís first high street bank to be granted a full-service banking license in more than 150 years, has started putting together its branch network with four acquisitions in London.

Two months ago, Shopping Centre started a debate on relaxing the Sunday trading laws. Now many of central Londonís top retailers are†mounting a campaign to relax Sunday trading laws to allow the Christmas Sales to start on Boxing Day, which this year falls on a Sunday.

Coverpointís Jonathan Doughty serves up his regular shopping centre foodservice review. This month he visits Edís Easy Diner at Londonís Euston Station

Highcross Leicester has recently donated £60,000 to charities across the East Midlands after raising money from the VAT reduction last year.

The two hundred yard-long arcade linking Piccadilly with Burlington Gardens in Mayfair was developed in 1819 by Lord Cavendish, partly to form a barrier between his house and the rowdy pubs and clubs that then lined Old Bond Street, and partly to give Lady Cavendish somewhere to shop without having to encounter the great unwashed.

With service charges under pressure, shopping centre marketers are being forced to find ever-more creative Ė and cost effective Ė means of keeping their centres in front of the key audiences. Social media is rising up the agenda but many still prefer more traditional channels.

Metric Property Investments, a specialist retail property investor formed by three ex-British Land directors, has raised £190m by becoming the first REIT to float on the London Stock Exchange since the crash.

Metric Property Investments, a specialist retail property investor formed by three ex-British Land directors, has raised £190m by becoming the first REIT to float on the London Stock Exchange since the crash.

Metric Property Investments, a specialist retail property investor formed by three ex-British Land directors, has raised £190m by becoming the first REIT to float on the London Stock Exchange since the crash.

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