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
Charleroi’s shopping center Rive Gauche has done very well last year and will now get a new owner. It attracted 650,000 visitors a month last year, becoming the second most popular shopping center in Belgium.
Canadian investor, Alberta Investment Management Corporation, paid about 300 million euro for Docks Bruxsel, a shopping center in Brussels. Developer Equilis had been looking for a buyer as soon as it completed the project in 2016.
Six months after entering the German market, Mitiska Reim is announcing the acquisition of a third German retail park. The Belgian retail investor has partnered with Zamberk Real Estate Ventures to renovate and manage a retail park in Braunschweig.
The Westfield shopping centre in West London is now Europe’s largest, after its 68,748 sqm addition was put to use six months ahead of schedule. The extension cost about 600 million pounds (some 700 million euro).
Amazon is apparently interested in several of bankrupt Toys ‘R’ Us’ stores, because their locations and stores would fit Amazon’s own retail formulas.
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.