Cheap and chic? Ikea to swap flat pack for room service as it considers hotel move Wednesday, 15th August 2012
No need to spend hours deciphering an instruction manual for Ikea’s latest project. The world’s largest furniture retailer is thought to be developing a range of budget hotels across Europe. According to the Financial Times, Inter Ikea, the company that owns the trademark for the retailer is now considering more than 100 locations for the Swedish company, including sites in Britain, Holland, Poland and Germany.
Bluewater set to become nation’s largest shopping centre Tuesday, 7th August 2012
Photo credit: Lend Lease Corp. New plans to extend Kent’s shopping centre by 375,000 sq ft could see Bluewater become the UK’s largest shopping centre. Bluewater owners Lend Lease will begin public consultation for the extension in September, with a full application submitted later this year.
A panoramic view of Bluewater Shopping Centre
Aldi to create up to 3,000 new jobs for Britain Wednesday, 1st August 2012
The value-driven supermarket chain is set to add 3,000 new jobs in Britain over the next year as it continues to gain market share from rivals. Aldi, which operates over 9,000 stores worldwide, has said it will be hiring across all levels of its business as it looks to expand the number of outlets in the UK.
London Waterloo set to become ‘destination’ station with 38 new stores Tuesday, 17th July 2012
London’s Waterloo station on Tuesday opened its new balcony retail concept, as owners Network Rail look to improve passenger experience at one of Britain’s busiest stations. The 220m balcony, the longest of any British station, today opened seven of its stores, with Yo! Sushi, Fat Face, Hotel Chocolat, Links of London, Thomas Pink, Oliver Bonas and the first station outlet for Joules opening their doors to the public.
Fairtrade sales continue to grow despite downturn Tuesday, 17th July 2012
Sales of Fairtrade goods rose by 12 per cent in the UK for 2011, despite drastic cutbacks to consumer spending. Although many of the UK’s shoppers are looking to cut corners and bag a bargain for their weekly shop, signs that Fairtrade products are now a staple part of our baskets have become clear, as UK sales of Fairtrade items match the rate of global growth.
JD Sports adds more stores to French expansion Tuesday, 3rd July 2012
JD Sports has revealed details of its French expansion strategy as it adds another Parisian store to its portfolio. The sports retailer has leased a new store in the Bay 2 shopping centre in Paris, set to open in February 2013. Cushman & Wakefield have been given sole instruction for the company’s French expansion plans, with the major cities of Marseille, Strasbourg and Toulouse also said to be on the retailer’s roll-out hit list.
My-Wardrobe expands with bevy of Euro website launches Tuesday, 26th June 2012
My-Wardrobe.com will launch French, German and Dutch-specific sites as the fashion e-tailer continues to expand across the globe. The online fashion retailer has revealed that the new sites will provide a ‘local’ international shopping experience for its customers, with each site benefitting from local currencies and language translation.
Inditex Q1 profits up 30% Wednesday, 13th June 2012
Zara's Barcelona store The Zara, Massimo Dutti and Bershka owner said net profits rose 30 per cent to EUR 432 million in its first quarter to 30 April. As the world’s largest retailer, Inditex embarked on an aggressive expansion plan during the period, opening nearly one store a day as it looked to take the pressure off its domestic Spanish market by investing elsewhere.
Out of the ashes, Oddbins goes from strength to strength Friday, 8th June 2012
Oddbins has revealed plans to continue expanding its off license stores, a sure sign the retailer is finally back on top. Despite past struggles in the sector, Oddbins is now looking to add five more stores to its 35-strong portfolio by the end of this year, signalling a return to form for the high street chain.
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