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Victoria’s Secret opens doors to much awaited London flagship Wednesday, 29th August 2012
Rumours of grumbling neighbours, scheduling setbacks and even a summer downpour couldn’t keep shoppers away from the much awaited launch of Victoria’s Secret’s London flagship. The US lingerie giant on Wednesday unveiled four floors of Victoria’s Secret heaven for the label’s devoted UK fans.
Westfield profit up 31% as 5.5m visit Stratford City Wednesday, 15th August 2012
The London 2012 Games gave Westfield “unprecedented exposure to a global audience” with 5.5 million people visiting the group’s Stratford City centre during the Olympics. The Australian property giant has suggested it is one of the biggest retail winners of the event, with strong footfall figures over the last two weeks meaning the group will now be on target to attract 60 million shoppers in total to its London centres this year who are forecast to spend £1.8 billion.
Westfield Stratford City to close to public as Olympic Park braces for thousands of visitors Thursday, 2nd August 2012
Westfield’s Stratford City has announced new restrictions on its opening times and access for the general public, as the Olympic Park prepares for an influx of London Games visitors. Over 200,000 spectators and workers are expected to arrive at the Olympic Park tomorrow.
Westfield to spend £3bn on British expansion Monday, 30th July 2012
The Australian retail property giant has reiterated its confidence in the UK, as it looks to spend an extra £3 billion upgrading and expanding its British portfolio. Westfield co-chief executive Steven Lowy told The Australian newspaper the investment was set to be directed towards upgrading the Broadway centre in Bradford and expanding its Westfield London centre in Shepherds Bush.
John Lewis to roll out Olympic stores Wednesday, 11th April 2012
As the official retailer of the London 2012, John Lewis will open 29 dedicated Olympic shops in its department stores, as well as dedicated selling space for merchandise in its smaller shops. John Lewis opened its first London 2012 store overlooking the Olympic site at Stratford, East London, six months ago.
Justin Bieber to switch on Westfield Christmas lights Monday, 24th October 2011
The 7 November will see Justin Bieber switch-on the Christmas lights for both Westfield London in Shepherd’s Bush and Westfield Stratford City. Bieber will begin in the west, where his fans can count down to the switch-on at the Shepherd’s Bush shopping centre, before performing four of his hit singles.
Ikea to build entire London neighbourhood Friday, 21st October 2011
Anyone with a fear of flatpack should look away now. Ikea, the Swedish home specialist is set to construct a 26-acre canal-side site just outside of the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London. Strand East will eventually resemble a “mini Venice” according to an Ikea report released yesterday, with 1,2000 houses as well as shops, cafes and a 350-room hotel making up Ikea’s first neighbourhood in Britain.
C&W sees upturn in development on horizon Thursday, 6th October 2011
A new report from Cushman & Wakefield suggests an upturn in shopping centre development in Europe will take place in the next few years. Although development in many countries has been subdued for the past few years, improving retailer demand and concerns over potential shortages of prime space have contributed to expectations that a rise in development activity will take place in many European countries.
Better late than never: H&M opens at Westfield Stratford City Thursday, 6th October 2011
Swedish retailer H&M has finally opened its second largest store in the UK at Westfield Stratford City. Spanning 35,000 sq ft, the store will trade over three floors and is the second of H&M’s UK stores to features its home collection.
My-Retail Media takes on Westfield Stratford City Wednesday, 14th September 2011
The My-Retail Media news team ventured to Stratford yesterday in order to have a look around the brand new Westfield Stratford City shopping mall. Needless to say, we were impressed. The mall was gargantuan and packed full of our favourite shops (and about a million people). Our only gripe is that we only got to see a third of it due to the unrelenting crowds. Have a look below if you don't believe us:
And that wasn't even the worst of it.
Once the team had come to terms with the hordes of shoppers, we had a good look around the shops. We simply could not have neglected to visit the nation's old friend John Lewis. Even from the outside the department store looked impressive, almost intimidating, as it looked down on the rest of the vast mall.
Upon entering the store, we were treated to the sight of scores of wooden hands showing off the John Lewis branded glassware and accessories. The visual merchandising was interesting; clean and efficient yet playful and impressive.
Time was of the essence and, thanks to our numerous fellow shoppers, getting around the mall was taking a biblically long time. With this in mind, we quickly ventured over to John Lewis's little sister - Waitrose. This particular Waitrose store is special in that it's the grocer's greenest store to date. Every aspect of the building was created and assembled to the highest possible energy specification and, impressively, all unusable food is to be sent to an anaerobic digestion plant where it will be converted into renewable energy which will then go straight back into the national grid.
The store was packed to the rafters and customers were taking the opportunity to tread the previously unspoiled retail ground with enthusiasm.
All in all, we enjoyed our time at Stratford City and will doubtlessly return. Every possible pocket was catered to, from Primark to Prada, and many visitors were perfectly content to just be there to see one of the most impressive shopping malls ever built in action. At a time when many retailers have had their backs against the wall as a result of the harsh economic climate, seeing Stratford City so busy was definitely encouraging and we wish all retailers involved luck as they settle into their new home.