Competition hots up for space at ICSC 2011 Retail Connections (EU)

The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) is holding the 2011 Retail Connections on March 31, 2011 at the Business Design Centre, London and competition for space between developers is fierce. This is Europe's only deal-making event for leading professionals and retailers to meet in one place on one day.

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Retail Connections was launched in 2008.

Retail Connections was launched in 2008. It quickly more than doubled in size and became highly valued by the shopping center and retail industry which appreciates ICSC's focus on providing an environment where the sole objective is to meet and do deals, saving thousands in both travel costs and time.

ICSC Managing Director, Ermine Amies, who pioneered the event in 2008 said: "This is the best speed-dating game in Europe. We provide refreshments throughout the day to keep the momentum and atmosphere going. To cement new relationships, we host an after-event cocktail reception which seems to start later and later as delegates determined to squeeze everything they can out of the day before relaxing."

This year, delegates will be invited to a sneak preview of Westfield's Stratford City shopping center the following day. Westfield will also be at Retail Connections for the first time. Westfield Stratford City will include over 300 brands anchored by John Lewis, Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and a 14-screen Vue cinema, all attracting a 4.1 million catchment population.

Last year, Richard Collyer at Abercrombie and Fitch, said: "ICSC's Retail Connections is by far the most effective event of its kind for me."

Some of the developers/agents signed up for Retail Connections
Now confirmed are: Capital Shopping Centres, CBRE, Colliers, ECE Projektmanagement, Henderson, IKEA MOS, Ivanhoe Cambridge, MFI, Multi Corporation, SES Spar, Unbail Rodamco, Sonae Sierra, Land Securities, Immofinanz, Hammerson, Henderson Westfield, Cushman&Wakefield, Fashion House, Steen & Strøm ,Ségécé/Klépierre, Atrium.

This is more than ever before and more developers are coming forward every week.

ICSC also welcomes The British Council of Shopping Centers (BCSC), which is for the first time, hosting a UK hub within ICSC Retail Connections.

Some of the retailers signed up for ICSC Retail Connections 2011
Abercrombie & Fitch, Apple, Bata, Aurora, Beeline, Butlers, BHS, Bodyshop, Claire's, Carphone Warehouse, Debenhams, Deichmann, Disney, Douglas Esprit, Footlocker, Fossil, Gerry Weber, Hervis, Jaeger, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Leroy Merlin, Mango, Marks & Spencers, Media-Saturn, MFI Empik, New Look, Orsay, Patafritas, Peek & Cloppenburg, River Island Clothing, The Sting, Tally Weijl, Tesco, TK Maxx, Tom Tailor, and Vivarte,

ICSC 2011 Retail Connections: Thursday March 31, 2011 in London. Europe's only deal-making event for leading professionals & retailers to meet in one place on one day. More developers and retailers registering daily. Keep up to date on Linkedin group page: ICSC Retail Connections.

Sign up for ICSC Retail Connections: Mady Maplethorpe on +44 207 344 1834,

Source: Nicky Goddi

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