The mayor's office in Ghent is considering awarding the designation of "tourist centre" to shopping centre The Loop. That would mean that stores would be allowed to open whenever they want - including nights and Sundays. Unizo, an organization for SMEs, warns for the disastrous effects for stores in the city centre.
SMEs opposed to 'tourist' label for Ghent shopping centre
Belgian listed real estate developer Banimmo sold its French subsidiary, which specialized in retail real estate transformation. It has been sold to help lower the parent company’s debt.
French-Dutch real estate company Unibail-Rodamco, which mainly invests in shopping centers, is happy with its performance in the past fiscal year.
Hudson's Bay is on track in the Netherlands, the company’s marketing director Edo Beukema states after a lot of criticism. He says there is no truth to the rumour the department store chain is planning to leave, but it will adjust its marketing approach and pricing.
Unibail-Rodamco acquired its competitor Westfield for 14 billion euro and will gain control over 35 shopping center (33 in the United States). The resulting company will become the world’s largest real estate company.
Mitiska REIM has announced the opening of two new retail parks in Romania. The new additions consolidate Mitiska REIM’s position as the leading retail park investor in Romania, with 21 sites across the country.
Belgian real estate firm Mitiska Reim will enter the French retail market with its recent acquisition of a retail park near Caen. It has been an eventful year so far, with acquisitions in Germany, Romania and Spain as well.