ICSC Retail Connections 2012 on 28 March at The Business Design Centre, London, is shaping up as the best yet. From Apple to ZAZA including Indetex, H&M, Arcadia Group, Media Markt and Primark over 100 of the biggest brands in the world have committed to the event months in advance.
This is Europe's only deal-making event for leading, leasing professionals and retailers to meet in one place on one day, and according to Klaus Striebich, Managing Director of Leasing at ECE Projektmanagement and Chair of ICSC European Leasing Group, the speed at which the event has grown, and the consistent numbers of large retailers attending, shows the effectiveness of this focused event. "The sole objective of the event is to meet and do deals. Since it started it's saved my team thousands in both travel costs and time," he said.
Retail Connections was launched in 2008. It quickly more than doubled in size and became highly valued by the shopping centre and retail leasing industry. In 2011, more than 80% of the available retail space in European shopping centers was represented at Retail Connections. This year ICSC aims for even more.
Corio, one of Europe's largest listed retail property investors and managers in Europe has signed up for Retail Connections for the first time as has Turkey-based Torunlar, a shopping mall focussed real estate investment company, with a portfolio value of 1.35 billion which includes the ICSC European Shopping Centre Awards finalist Korupark.
Other developers signed up include: Eurocommercial Properties, British Land, Hammerson, Ivanhoe Cambridge, Citycon, Apsys, Land Securities, Quintain, Westfield and Wereldhave, Belgium who join ECE Projektmanagement, Unibail Rodamco, Multi Development and Spar European Shopping Centers.
Property agents CBRE, Jones Land LaSalle and Cushman and Wakefield have also taken stands.
Source: Nicky Godding Communications