Are Black Friday and Cyber Monday a festive must or just a millennial fad?

With another Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us, and Christmas just around the corner, we wanted to reflect on how traditional the European festive season remains. The news on record-breaking sales during Black Friday weekend could make your head spin. Visa reported a 13% y-o-y increase in spending in the UK, as shoppers spent […]

Shopping all over the world

In an increasingly globalised age, it can be natural to think that shopping is becoming an increasingly uniform process. However, the ways in which people shop and pay for their shopping is diverse – and often surprising. With online retailing on a progressive growth path, understanding how consumers shop is not only of relevance to […]

Fresh thinking Fast Food

The retail market in Holland has seen many changes in recent years due to turbulent economic times and unfortunately there has been a number of bankruptcies. Retail brands regarded as established players have collapsed like a house of cards and it seems like true entrepreneurship has been lost while these brands were busy with expansion. […]

Dress to impress at Oktoberfest

For anyone visiting Germany, particularly Munich in Bavaria, during the months of September and October, there’s no escaping the world’s biggest beer festival, Oktoberfest. A tradition since 1810, Oktoberfest is a very important part of Bavarian culture, attracting more than six million people from around the world each year through food, beer and fashion. Shortly […]

The real cost of ‘setting up shop’

In the Colliers International Retail team, we always endeavour to see the market through a retailer’s eyes This is particularly important when comparing competing shopping locations. The real estate business tends to focus primarily on rental levels because – to be blunt – they predicate the income received by developers and investors. However, retailers across […]

Hot in the City

Interesting pictures have been released of the Soho House & Co’s blockbusting new opening, slated for spring 2017 in the City. The club with the famous ‘no suits’ policy has chosen a 317,000sq ft Grade I-listed site above Bank tube station, former home to Midland Bank, to house The Ned, a 252-bedroom hotel and spa […]

Come indoors or stay on the street

Six years ago, Yianni Papoutsis was flipping his ‘dirty burgers’ on an industrial estate in Peckham. Last year in Singapore he opened his tenth MEATliquor restaurant. For many of today’s new food concepts, making the journey from the margins to the mainstream is very much the goal. Pitt Cue went from pulling pork under Hungerford […]

Oxford Street is full!

As I write this, there are no empty shops available to rent on Oxford Street . The mile-long London shopping street is quite literally full up. It’s another powerful indicator of the retailer demand for the capital’s prime shopping pitches. Pockets of new development on Oxford Street are bringing new opportunities for brands to get […]

Buying British

It’s official: Jermyn Street is London’s ‘most British’ shopping street. We thought it would be interesting to look at the ‘brand nationality’ of the capital’s prime shopping pitches and the resultant research made fascinating reading. Fewer than half of the shops in central London’s prime shopping streets are now occupied by British brands, but Jermyn Street […]